Fact Tank Mar. 6, 2014

Women’s college enrollment gains leave men behind

Even though college enrollment rates among young people have risen in recent decades, a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows that females outpace males in college enrollment, especially among Hispanics and blacks.

Fact Tank Jan. 23, 2014

Anti-poll tax amendment is 50 years old today

The value in today’s dollars of the annual poll tax once imposed by several Southern states.

Fact Tank Jan. 17, 2014

On MLK Day, racial equality found wanting

Fewer than half of Americans said their country made a lot of progress toward racial equality in the past half century.

Internet & Tech Jan. 6, 2014

Eight-in-Ten African Americans Use the Internet

While African Americans continue to trail whites when it comes to internet use and home broadband adoption overall, young African Americans are just as likely as their white counterparts to use the internet and have especially high rates of Twitter use.

Fact Tank Nov. 12, 2013

What happens when Jews intermarry?

Does intermarriage lead to assimilation and weaken the Jewish community? Or does it strengthen and diversify the Jewish community?

Nov. 4, 2013

Black president by 2013? Twenty years ago, about half of Americans thought there was a good chance

The historic moment may not have come as a surprise to many. Twenty years ago, about half of Americans (54%) thought the chances were good that we would have a black president by now, according to a 1993 Gallup/CNN/USA Today survey of U.S. adults, while 45% thought the chances were slim.

Pew Research Center Oct. 30, 2013

How Media Organizations are Handling the ‘Redskins’ Name

Data as of Oct. 30, 2013. Read Media take sides on ‘Redskins’ nameĀ (Fact Tank, Oct. 30, 2013) Media Outlets Boycotting/No Longer Using Name The Richmond Free Press Slate The New Republic Mother Jones Monday Morning Quarterback Washington City Paper DCist The Oregonian The Seattle Times Kansas City Star San Francisco Chronicle Sportsgrid Journalists Boycotting/No Longer […]

Religion Oct. 1, 2013

A Portrait of Jewish Americans

American Jews overwhelmingly say they are proud to be Jewish and have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people, but their identity is also changing: 22% of American Jews now say they have no religion.

Sep. 18, 2013

Four takeaways from Tuesday’s Census income and poverty release

On Tuesday the Census Bureau released its annual trove of data on income, poverty and health insurance in 2012. Here were some of the key findings on household income: New data show that median household income has stagnated for the longest period since the government began collecting such data in 1967. In 2012 the median […]

Fact Tank Sep. 6, 2013

Incarceration gap widens between whites and blacks

Black men were more than six times as likely as white men in 2010 to be incarcerated in federal and state prisons, and local jails.