May. 24, 2010

Census by the Books

Curious about how the decennial census got started and how it has evolved? Here’s a short list of selected books that explore its history and the controversies surrounding the count from colonial times to the present.

Apr. 15, 2010

The Prisoner Dilemma: An Update

Maryland has become the first state in the nation to make plans to count prisoners at their last known home addresses, not their prison addresses, for purposes of redrawing federal, state and local legislative districts.

Apr. 15, 2010

Tea Party Consensus

Despite calls for a boycott by some conservative leaders, a new poll finds that nearly all Tea Party supporters say they have or will return their Census forms.

Apr. 9, 2010

Who and Where are the Non-Responders?

A new analysis of 2010 Census participation rates so far has found wide variation from one city to the next in the degree to which racial and ethnicity predict response rates.

Apr. 8, 2010

Census in the News

Stories about the 2010 Census account for a growing — albeit small — fraction of total U.S. news coverage.

Hispanic Apr. 1, 2010

Latinos and the 2010 Census: The Foreign Born Are More Positive

Foreign-born Latinos are more likely to say the census is good for the Hispanic community and are more knowledgeable about the process than native-born Latinos. But large majorities of both groups plan to participate.

Pew Research Center Mar. 24, 2010

Why does the Census ask for your age?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

U.S. Politics Mar. 24, 2010

Young People Make Up Large Proportion of Census Hold-Outs

Younger Americans are found to be more likely to say they might not participate, even when analysis controls for other demographic characteristics.

Pew Research Center Mar. 22, 2010

How does the Census know its participate rate?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Mar. 16, 2010

The Census: College Students Count — but Where?

Should college students be counted in the 2010 Census at their parents’ home or their school address? The Census Bureau has a cut-and-dried answer, but this question recurs each decade because census rules and people’s preferences are not always in sync.