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D’Vera Cohn is a senior writer and editor at Pew Research Center. She studies and writes about demographics in the United States, especially the census. Cohn was a Washington Post reporter for 21 years, mainly writing about demographics, and was the newspaper’s lead reporter for the 2000 census. Before joining Pew Research Center, she served as a consultant and freelance writer for the Brookings Institution and Population Reference Bureau. Cohn is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and is a former Nieman Fellow. She is an author of studies on the marriage and birth rates in the United States, migration between the U.S. and Mexico, and U.S. population projections. Cohn manages Pew Research Center’s @allthingscensus Twitter account. She has spoken at national journalism conferences about how reporters can make use of demographic data in stories and often talks about the Center’s findings in print and broadcast media.

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HispanicNovember 28, 2018

5 facts about illegal immigration in the U.S.

The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States was lower in 2016 than at any time since 2004.

HispanicNovember 27, 2018

U.S. Unauthorized Immigrant Total Dips to Lowest Level in a Decade

There were 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2016, down from 12.2 million in 2007. The total is the lowest since 2004 and is tied to a decline in the number of Mexican unauthorized immigrants.

GlobalNovember 1, 2018

Number of U.S.-born babies with unauthorized immigrant parents has fallen since 2007

About 250,000 babies were born to unauthorized immigrant parents in the United States in 2016, the latest year for which information is available, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data about illegal immigration. This represents a 36% decrease from a peak of about 390,000 in 2007.

Pew Research CenterMay 24, 2018

Research from 2018 demographers’ conference: Migration, self-identity, marriage and other key findings

Migration, racial or ethnic self-identity, and marriage were among the many topics explored at the Population Association of America’s annual meeting last month.

May 22, 2018

What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities

Despite widening gaps in politics and demographics, Americans across community types have a lot in common in key facets of their lives.

Pew Research CenterApril 25, 2018

7 demographic trends shaping the U.S. and the world in 2018

Ahead of the Population Association of America’s annual meeting, read seven important recent demographic findings.

Pew Research CenterApril 10, 2018

2020 census will ask about same-sex marriages for the first time

A new question about citizenship on the 2020 census form is in the headlines, but the U.S. Census Bureau also plans other changes for the next national count.

April 5, 2018

A record 64 million Americans live in multigenerational households

The number and share of Americans living in multigenerational family households have continued to rise. In 2016, a record 64 million people, or 20% of the U.S. population, lived with multiple generations under one roof.

Pew Research CenterMarch 30, 2018

What to know about the citizenship question the Census Bureau is planning to ask in 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau is planning to ask everyone living in the United States whether they are citizens when it conducts its next decennial census in 2020.

HispanicDecember 7, 2017

Rise in U.S. Immigrants From El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras Outpaces Growth From Elsewhere

The increase from these countries exceeded modest growth of the overall foreign-born population and came amid a decline in immigrants from Mexico.