Census Bureau proposes dropping some marriage and divorce questions
The U.S. Census Bureau has proposed dropping a series of questions about marriage and divorce from its largest household survey of Americans, touching off a debate about the usefulness of such data.
For first time, census data on married couples includes same-sex spouses
Census Bureau officials and other experts do not expect counting same-sex spouses along with all other married couples to make a big impact on overall statistics for married couples. But if the number of same-sex married couples continues to rise, that could change.
Falloff in births slows shift to a majority-minority youth population
The sharp decline in U.S. births after the onset of the Great Recession—especially among Hispanics—has slowed the nation’s transition to a majority-minority youth population.
One-in-four Native Americans and Alaska Natives are living in poverty
On his visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota today, President Obama is using his first stop at a Native American reservation while in office to highlight the challenges Native Americans face. In an op-ed published in Indian Country Today, Obama called the poverty and high school dropout rates among Native Americans […]
Want a three-car garage? You’re more likely to find it in the Midwest
A new Census report reveals interesting regional differences in the characteristics of newly built homes.
Are minority births the majority yet?
Two years ago, the Census Bureau announced the nation had reached a new demographic tipping point. But new data shows that tipping point may not have arrived yet.
Census says it will count same-sex marriages, but with caveats
The new approach reflects the bureau’s evolving policy on reporting household relationships, as it tries to keep pace with social change.
Census struggles to reach an accurate number on gay marriages
Same-sex marriage is now legal in Washington, D.C., and 17 states (and Arkansas will join them, if a lower-court judge’s ruling last week is upheld). Now the federal government’s task is to produce an accurate count of same-sex married couples.
Millions of Americans changed their racial or ethnic identity from one census to the next
Americans of mixed race, American Indians, Pacific Islanders and Hispanics were among those most likely to check different boxes.
Census may change some questions after pushback from public
The U.S. Census Bureau is considering whether to drop some questions that it has used for decades and have been the source of complaints from the public who see them as intrusive or overly burdensome.