Fact Tank Jun. 18, 2015

Growth from Asia drives surge in U.S. foreign students

Asians, especially Chinese, are responsible for most of the sharp increase in foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities. Foreign students are more likely to study science, engineering and math than U.S. students as a whole, especially at the post-baccalaureate level.

Jun. 17, 2015

Share of births to unmarried women dips, reversing a long trend

In 2014, 40% of births were to unmarried mothers, a slight decline from the 41% share that had held steady since 2008. Although the single percentage point drop in 2014 was small, it was only the third one-year dip in this measure since the end of World War II.

Jun. 17, 2015

Hawaii is home to the nation’s largest share of multiracial Americans

The number of multiracial Americans is growing nationwide, but in Hawaii, it’s nothing new. The Rainbow state – with its history of attracting immigrants from Asia and other parts of the world to work as farm laborers – stands far above the rest, with nearly one-in-four residents (24%) identifying as multiracial.

Jun. 15, 2015

Is being Hispanic a matter of race, ethnicity or both?

Our new survey of multiracial Americans finds that, for two-thirds of Hispanics, their Hispanic background is a part of their racial background – not something separate.

Jun. 11, 2015

American Indian and white, but not ‘multiracial’

Biracial adults who are white and American Indian are among the least likely of mixed-race adults to consider themselves multiracial (only 25% do). They are among the most likely to say their multiracial background has been neither an advantage nor a disadvantage.

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Jun. 11, 2015

How Census Race Categories Have Changed Over Time

The race, ethnicity and origin categories used in the U.S. decennial census have shifted over time, often in a reflection of current politics, science and public attitudes. Our interactive tracks the category names from 1790 to 2010.

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Jun. 11, 2015

Voices of Multiracial Americans

For much of its history, America has discussed race in the singular form. But the language of race is changing. Ten multiracial Americans share their views of race, identity, relationships and the future.

Jun. 11, 2015

How Pew Research conducted its survey of multiracial Americans

We released our first report on American multiracial adults, a group that comprises an estimated 6.9% of the adult population, or nearly 17 million adults. The report looks at who they are demographically, their attitudes and experiences, and the spectrum of their racial identity.

Jun. 11, 2015

Multiracial in America

Multiracial Americans are at the cutting edge of social and demographic change in the U.S.—young, proud, tolerant and growing at a rate three times as fast as the population as a whole.

Fact Tank Jun. 8, 2015

Scientists more worried than public about world’s growing population

Over the course of history, many scientists and activists have raised alarm about population numbers that only increase every year.