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.
Voices of Multiracial Americans
For much of its history, America has discussed race in the singular form. But the language of race is changing. Ten multiracial Americans share their views of race, identity, relationships and the future.
How Pew Research conducted its survey of multiracial Americans
We released our first report on American multiracial adults, a group that comprises an estimated 6.9% of the adult population, or nearly 17 million adults. The report looks at who they are demographically, their attitudes and experiences, and the spectrum of their racial identity.
Multiracial in America
Multiracial Americans are at the cutting edge of social and demographic change in the U.S.—young, proud, tolerant and growing at a rate three times as fast as the population as a whole.
Census Bureau decides to keep marriage questions on survey
Under pressure from academics and advocates, the U.S. Census Bureau has abandoned plans to delete a series of questions about marriage and divorce from its largest household survey.
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.
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.
National Academies: Census survey data should be more user-friendly
The bureau should be paying more attention to the needs and opinions of the people and organizations that use its data, according to a recent report.
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.