The finding that made headlines from this week’s Census Bureau release of new national and state population estimates—that there are now more deaths than births among non-Hispanic whites—is a vivid illustration of the rapid long-term growth in the number of older Americans. But first, you might ask, how could there suddenly be more deaths than […]
Two decades after the Census Bureau began offering people the option to describe themselves as a same-sex “unmarried partner,” producing accurate numbers on same-sex couples remains a challenge.
When census-takers can't reach anyone at a particular address or obtain information about occupants in other ways, they sometimes use a last-resort statistical technique called "imputation" to fill in missing data. One marker of the quality of a census is how much it relies on imputation to add people to the count.
The average size of U.S. households has been declining for decades, but new Census data may show a reversal of that trend.
In addition to publishing detailed numbers from the 2010 Census, the Census Bureau has been releasing performance indicators from the count. They offer clues to help answer the question of how well the bureau did in counting the entire U.S. population, only once, and in the right place.
Now that 2010 Census numbers have been released for every place in the United States, a number of local officials -- including the mayors of New York and Detroit -- have announced plans to file administrative challenges to counts that they contend are too low. What sorts of challenges are allowed?
When final national race counts from the 2010 Census were released last month, they included more than nine million Americans who self-identified as belonging to two or more race groups. One of them was not President Barack Obama.
The number of Hispanics counted in the 2010 Census has been larger than expected in most states for which the Census Bureau has released detailed population totals so far, with the widest gaps in states with relatively small Hispanic populations.
People who turn to the Census Bureau’s latest data release in an effort to answer Sesame Street’s musical query may, in some cases, be puzzled by what they find. The detailed race, ethnicity and population counts make it easy to look up data for any block in America. But those numbers may not be completely accurate -- and deliberately so.
How well did the Census Bureau's population estimates for the first decade of the 21st century match the actual counts from the 2010 Census? The short answer: Pretty well for the nation, and for all but a handful of states.