Jul. 3, 2013

Birth rates hit record low for those under 25, still on the rise for those 40+

The overall U.S. birth rate declined to an all-time low in 2011. Birth rates reached an all-time low among women in their teens and early 20s, while rising to the highest level in four decades among women in their early 40s.

Jul. 2, 2013

Rise of Single Fathers

A record 8% of households with minor children in the United States are headed by a single father, up from just over 1% in 1960. The increase is likely due to the growing share of non-marital births, higher divorce rates and the increasing importance of fathers as caregivers.

Fact Tank Jun. 25, 2013

What’s killing the less-educated white women of America?

For nearly three decades researchers have known that better-educated adults are living increasingly longer than those with less education. (Kids: One more reason to stay in school.) Then in the mid-1980s a new trend emerged: The education-mortality gap began growing much faster among women than among men. By 2006, white women without a high school […]

Fact Tank Jun. 20, 2013

Lessons from the German census

When the results of the 2011 German census were announced recently, they included an embarrassing error – at least in the demographics world. It showed the German population was 1.5 million people short of what the government had expected. The news dealt a blow to Germany’s reputation for efficient record-keeping, and it’s also relevant to […]

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Hispanic Jun. 19, 2013

2011 Hispanic Origin Profiles

95% of the U.S. Hispanic population is made up of the 14 largest Hispanic origin groups, and six of these groups have populations greater than 1 million. Explore characteristics of these groups with this interactive.

Hispanic Jun. 19, 2013

Diverse Origins: The Nation’s 14 Largest Hispanic-Origin Groups

The nation’s Latino population is diverse. Represented among the 51.9 million Latinos in the United States are individuals who trace their heritage to more than 20 Spanish-speaking nations worldwide.

Fact Tank Jun. 19, 2013

Salvadorans may soon replace Cubans as third-largest U.S. Hispanic group

For more than 40 years, one rock solid element of Hispanic demographics has been the ranking of the three largest Hispanic origin groups: Mexicans have always been the largest by population; followed by Puerto Ricans and then Cubans.

But this may be changing.

Fact Tank Jun. 11, 2013

Eligible Latino voters who didn’t go to polls in 2012 outnumbered those who did

While a record 11.2 million Latinos voted in the 2012 presidential election, an even greater number – 12.1 million—eligible voters did not do so.

Fact Tank Jun. 7, 2013

World’s Muslim population more widespread than you might think

There are about 1.6 billion Muslims, or 23% of the world’s population, making Islam the second-largest religion.

Hispanic Jun. 3, 2013

Inside the 2012 Latino Electorate

The 2012 Latino electorate consisted of a record 11.2 million voters, but Latinos’ voter turnout rate continues to trail behind the rate of blacks and whites.