Pew Research CenterApril 10, 2018

2020 census will ask about same-sex marriages for the first time

A new question about citizenship on the 2020 census form is in the headlines, but the U.S. Census Bureau also plans other changes for the next national count.

Pew Research CenterMarch 30, 2018

What to know about the citizenship question the Census Bureau is planning to ask in 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau is planning to ask everyone living in the United States whether they are citizens when it conducts its next decennial census in 2020.

HispanicApril 20, 2017

Seeking better data on Hispanics, Census Bureau may change how it asks about race

Federal officials are considering major changes in how they ask Americans about their race and ethnicity.

Fact TankOctober 4, 2016

Federal officials may revamp how Americans identify race, ethnicity on census and other forms

Federal officials are proposing new changes to census questions on racial and Hispanic identity.

HispanicSeptember 20, 2016

Measuring illegal immigration: How Pew Research Center counts unauthorized immigrants in the U.S.

Jeffrey S. Passel, senior demographer, on the research techniques used to derive the unauthorized immigrant population estimate in the U.S. and the challenges involved.

HispanicJune 23, 2016

It’s official: Minority babies are the majority among the nation’s infants, but only just

The U.S. is projected to have no racial or ethnic group as its majority within the next several decades, but that day apparently is already here for the nation’s youngest children.

Fact TankJune 3, 2016

The challenges of translating the U.S. census questionnaire into Arabic

In 2020, census questionnaires may for the first time be offered in Arabic, now the fastest-growing language in the U.S. But the Census Bureau faces a challenge not only in translating the language but also in adjusting the appearance of the questionnaire for those accustomed to reading and writing Arabic script.

Fact TankApril 28, 2016

Census Bureau hopes to use data from other government agencies in 2020

Anyone who has filed a U.S. tax return, applied for a Social Security number or signed up for Medicare has given personal data to the government. So when the Census Bureau counts the American public, can it use the information that other federal agencies have already collected?

March 24, 2016

Historic population losses continue across Puerto Rico

Population losses in Puerto Rico have accelerated in recent years, affecting every corner of the island and continuing the largest outmigration in more than 50 years, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly released county-level Census Bureau data. Among Puerto Rico’s counties that saw the largest population losses between 2010 and 2015 was […]

Fact TankFebruary 24, 2016

For 2020, Census Bureau plans to trade paper responses for digital ones

The 2020 census could be the first in which most Americans are counted over the internet.