Apr. 8, 2015

Reflecting a racial shift, 78 counties turned majority-minority since 2000

The white share of the population is declining in the U.S., but the shift to a more diverse nation is happening more quickly in some places than in others.

Apr. 6, 2015

After 200 years, Native Hawaiians make a comeback

Their population dropped devastatingly fast after their first contact with Western foreigners in 1778, but their numbers are returning to “pre-contact” levels.

Fact Tank Apr. 6, 2015

From Twitter to Instagram, a different #Ferguson conversation

On social media, hashtags have long been used as a shorthand way of organizing a conversation around an event or topic. One widely used hashtag over the past year is #Ferguson, which started after the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo., and has since become a kind of connective tissue for […]

Mar. 17, 2015

The fading of the green

The ranks of Americans who trace their ancestry back to Ireland – long one of the most prominent subgroups in American society – is slowly declining.

Fact Tank Mar. 13, 2015

Study finds racial, ethnic divide in attention to crime news

Crime consistently ranks as one of the most followed and discussed topics by the public, and it receives more attention in local news media than almost any other subject. A recent Pew Research Center report reinforces these findings but also suggests that certain groups of residents pay closer attention to local crime than others in […]

Mar. 9, 2015

U.S. immigrant population projected to rise, even as share falls among Hispanics, Asians

Meanwhile, foreign-born shares among whites and blacks are expected to rise, according to new Census Bureau projections.

Fact Tank Mar. 5, 2015

50 years ago: Mixed views about civil rights but support for Selma demonstrators

In 1965, America’s verdict on Selma was clear: Polling showed the public clearly siding with the demonstrators, not with the state of Alabama.

Fact Tank Mar. 3, 2015

Opinions on expanding access to experimental drugs differ by race, income

Generally, higher-income adults and college degree earners are more likely than others to favor greater availability, and African-Americans are significantly less supportive of the idea.

Feb. 23, 2015

6 facts about black Americans for Black History Month

Blacks have made progress on several fronts, including educational attainment and voting rates, but large gaps by race persist in areas such as wealth and poverty measures.

Feb. 4, 2015

America’s ‘middle’ holds its ground after the Great Recession

The share of Americans who live in middle-income households has held steady since 2010 – a flat trend that might actually be good news.