October 10, 2012

Should the American Community Survey Be Voluntary?

Tests show that if Americans were not required by law to respond to census surveys response rates would drop significantly and the cost of obtaining reliable data would rise considerably.

HispanicJanuary 9, 2012

U.S. Foreign-Born Population: How Much Change From 2009 to 2010?

A new Pew Hispanic Center analysis of Census Bureau data shows the foreign-born population in the U.S.—39.9 million in 2010—is 1.6% greater than it was in 2009, markedly lower than the reported increase of 4%. The new growth estimate stems from the Center’s revisions to the 2009 Census data.

August 25, 2011

How Accurate Are Counts of Same-Sex Couples?

Two decades after the Census Bureau began offering people the option to describe themselves as a same-sex “unmarried partner,” producing accurate numbers on same-sex couples remains a challenge.

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.

February 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.

July 15, 2010

Census 2010: Statistics and Next Steps

As the 2010 Census information-gathering phase winds down, Director Robert Groves offered some statistics to assess how the national count has gone thus far.

July 13, 2010

Rewriting the ’Race’ Question

A former Census Director also has concerns about the way the government asks about race and ethnicity.

June 29, 2010

Census 2010: Non-response Follow-up Wrapping Up

Census Bureau Director Robert Groves says that census-takers are nearly done with knocking on doors of households from which 2010 Census forms were not received. Two managers fired for skipping interviews and using online data to fill out forms.

May 24, 2010

Census by the Books

Curious about how the decennial census got started and how it has evolved? Here’s a short list of selected books that explore its history and the controversies surrounding the count from colonial times to the present.

April 15, 2010

The Prisoner Dilemma: An Update

Maryland has become the first state in the nation to make plans to count prisoners at their last known home addresses, not their prison addresses, for purposes of redrawing federal, state and local legislative districts.