May. 4, 2011

Imputation: Adding People to the Census

When census-takers can’t reach anyone at a particular address or obtain information about occupants in other ways, they sometimes use a last-resort statistical technique called “imputation” to fill in missing data. One marker of the quality of a census is how much it relies on imputation to add people to the count.

Apr. 22, 2011

Census 2010: Household Size Trends

The average size of U.S. households has been declining for decades, but new Census data may show a reversal of that trend.

Apr. 18, 2011

How Good is the 2010 Census Count? An Update

In addition to publishing detailed numbers from the 2010 Census, the Census Bureau has been releasing performance indicators from the count. They offer clues to help answer the question of how well the bureau did in counting the entire U.S. population, only once, and in the right place.

Apr. 12, 2011

Home Sweet Home. Still.

The five-year swoon in home prices has done little to shake the confidence of the American public in the investment value of homeownership. A new survey finds that fully eight-in-ten (81%) adults agree that buying a home is the best long-term investment a person can make although there has been some falloff in the intensity of the public’s faith.

Apr. 8, 2011

New Facts About Families

Researchers recently presented some findings that dispute the popular (or academic) wisdom about important aspects of family life and bear upon relevant findings from Pew Research surveys.

Apr. 6, 2011

Challenging the Census

Now that 2010 Census numbers have been released for every place in the United States, a number of local officials — including the mayors of New York and Detroit — have announced plans to file administrative challenges to counts that they contend are too low. What sorts of challenges are allowed?

Apr. 6, 2011

Multi-Race and the 2010 Census

When final national race counts from the 2010 Census were released last month, they included more than nine million Americans who self-identified as belonging to two or more race groups. One of them was not President Barack Obama.

Mar. 9, 2011

For Millennials, Parenthood Trumps Marriage

While 52% of Millennials say being a good parent is “one of the most important things” in life, just 30% say the same about having a successful marriage

Feb. 22, 2011

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

People who turn to the Census Bureau’s latest data release in an effort to answer Sesame Street’s musical query may, in some cases, be puzzled by what they find. The detailed race, ethnicity and population counts make it easy to look up data for any block in America. But those numbers may not be completely accurate — and deliberately so.

Feb. 16, 2011

The Public Renders a Split Verdict On Changes in Family Structure

The American public is sharply divided in its judgments about the sweeping changes in the structure of the nation’s families that have unfolded over the past half century. About a third generally accepts the changes, a third is tolerant but skeptical and a third considers them bad for society.