D’Vera Cohn is a Senior Writer at the Pew Research Center. She was a Washington Post reporter for 21 years, mainly writing about demographics, and was the newspaper’s lead reporter for the 2000 Census. After leaving the newspaper in 2006, she served as a consultant and freelance writer for the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project, Brookings Institution and Population Reference Bureau. She also has advised the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism on demographic topics, and has spoken at national journalism conferences about how reporters can make use of demographic data in stories. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, she is a former Nieman Fellow.
Childlessness Up Among All Women; Down Among Women with Advanced Degrees
Nearly one-in-five American women ends her childbearing years without having borne a child, compared with one-in-ten in the 1970s. While childlessness has risen for all racial and ethnic groups, and most education levels, it has fallen over the past decade for women with advanced degrees.
New City Population Estimates from the Census Bureau
The Census Bureau today released 2009 population estimates for cities, villages, boroughs and minor civil divisions that will be the last such numbers published for these incorporated places before the 2010 Census results are available. Here is the Associated Press take on these estimates, and here is a first look from USA Today. The themes […]
New Census Population and Housing Estimates
The Census Bureau is clearing its data cupboard to make room for results of the 2010 Census. Today, the bureau released 2009 state and county housing unit estimates, the last ones before decennial results are compiled. Last week, the bureau released population estimates by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin for the nation, states and […]
India’s Census and the Caste Question
Government leaders in India have agreed that the nation’s 2011 census could include a tally of castes, the complex structure of traditional social classes that last were officially measured in 1931. Those caste numbers are the basis of quotas for government employment and university enrollment, and help determine spending on social welfare programs. A council […]
Census-taking in Europe
Facing similar obstacles of cost and people’s reluctance to participate in national enumerations, some European countries are trying innovative ways to count their populations, according to an article on census-taking in Europe published (in English) by the Institut national d’études démographiques (INED). Among the new methodologies are expanded use of administrative records from municipal population […]
Divorce After a Long Marriage
According to a new Pew Research Center report on long-duration marriages and divorce, only about half the first marriages begun in the early 1970s lasted until their 25th anniversaries.
Intermarriage: Trends and Attitudes
Rates of intermarriage have risen in the United States, but trends differ markedly for different race and ethnic groups, according to a new Pew Research Center report that makes extensive use of U.S. Census Bureau data.
Census and Prisoners: More Action
The Delaware House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would count prisoners at their home addresses, not the places where they are incarcerated, for purposes of redistricting after the 2010 Census.
Recent Research about Census Topics
How do respondents’ answers to a Census Bureau question about their race vary depending on the type of question asked?
Books about the U.S. Census
For general readers who want to dig further into how the decennial Census has changed over the years, here is a short list of selected books that explore its past.