Fact TankJune 25, 2015

Hispanic population reaches record 55 million, but growth has cooled

Hispanic growth in the U.S. has slowed in recent years, and the trend continued in 2014, as evidenced by new figures released this week by the Census Bureau.

Fact TankJune 24, 2015

How many same-sex married couples in the U.S.? Maybe 170,000

A new research paper suggests that the number of married same-sex couples in the United States in 2013 may have been much lower than the Census Bureau’s initial estimate for that year.

Fact TankJune 24, 2015

Today’s multiracial babies reflect America’s changing demographics

To get a sense of how the country’s racial demographics are changing, take a look at the differences between mixed-race Americans old and young.

Fact TankJune 18, 2015

Census considers new approach to asking about race – by not using the term at all

Instead, the new census questionnaire may tell people to check the “categories” that describe them.

Fact TankJune 17, 2015

Hawaii is home to the nation’s largest share of multiracial Americans

The number of multiracial Americans is growing nationwide, but in Hawaii, it’s nothing new. The Rainbow state – with its history of attracting immigrants from Asia and other parts of the world to work as farm laborers – stands far above the rest, with nearly one-in-four residents (24%) identifying as multiracial.

Fact TankJune 16, 2015

Among multiracial adults, racial identity can be fluid

Is race purely about the races in your family tree? Our new survey of multiracial adults suggests there’s more to racial identity that goes beyond one’s ancestry.

Fact TankJune 15, 2015

Is being Hispanic a matter of race, ethnicity or both?

Our new survey of multiracial Americans finds that, for two-thirds of Hispanics, their Hispanic background is a part of their racial background – not something separate.

Fact TankJune 12, 2015

The changing categories the U.S. has used to measure race

Racial categories used on the U.S. census have changed from decade to decade, reflecting the changing politics and science of the times.

Fact TankJune 11, 2015

American Indian and white, but not ‘multiracial’

Biracial adults who are white and American Indian are among the least likely of mixed-race adults to consider themselves multiracial (only 25% do). They are among the most likely to say their multiracial background has been neither an advantage nor a disadvantage.

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Pew Research CenterJune 11, 2015

How Census Race Categories Have Changed Over Time

The race, ethnicity and origin categories used in the U.S. decennial census have shifted over time, often in a reflection of current politics, science and public attitudes. Our interactive tracks the category names from 1790 to 2010.