Jun. 4, 2014

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.

May. 29, 2014

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.

May. 13, 2014

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.

May. 5, 2014

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.

Apr. 22, 2014

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.

Fact Tank Apr. 4, 2014

‘Mexican,’ ‘Hispanic,’ ‘Latin American’ top list of race write-ins on the 2010 census

Latinos are not the only group of Americans who utilize the “some other race” category on the census form—but they are the most likely to do so. In 2010, 6.2% of Americans selected “some other race,” up from 5.5% in 2000. Among all those who answered the race question this way in 2010, 96.8% were Hispanic.

Fact Tank Mar. 24, 2014

Census Bureau explores new Middle East/North Africa ethnic category

Organizations representing people of Middle Eastern and North African descent are asking the Census Bureau to add a new ethnic category for them on forms, and it is one of the changes the bureau is exploring.

Mar. 14, 2014

U.S. Census looking at big changes in how it asks about race and ethnicity

Many communities, including Hispanics, Arabs and people of mixed race, have said they’re unsure of how to identify themselves on census forms.

Fact Tank Feb. 28, 2014

Chart of the Week: The decline of Yiddish, the rise of Tagalog

Spanish continues to be the most commonly spoken non-English language in the U.S., but other languages have risen and fallen in popularity — sometimes dramatically — over the past three decades.

Feb. 18, 2014

In an historic move, Census Bureau tries electronic outreach

After centuries of using the postal service and in-person visits, U.S. will experiment with contacting people by email or text, pushing them to respond online.