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.
2010 Census Participation Rate: 72%
It’s official: The 2010 Census mail participation rate has matched the 2000 rate, according to the Census Bureau.
U.S. Hispanics by Country of Origin
The Pew Hispanic Center has released 10 statistical profiles of U.S. Hispanics by their country of origin, based on self-described family ancestry or place of birth in response to questions on the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Nine Top Neighborhoods for 2010 Census Participation
A new analysis of 2010 Census participation rates finds that 22% of counties have exceeded their Census 2000 participation rates by at least five percentage points.
2010 Census Participation Rate: 71%
Could Low Trust in Government Hurt the 2010 Census?
Only 22% of Americans say they can trust the government in Washington almost always or most of the time, among the lowest measures in half a century.
High Achieving Areas in the 2010 Census
At least 10% of the nation’s counties have exceeded their 2000 Census mail participation rates by at least five percentage points.
Tea Party Supporters: No 2010 Census Boycott
A New York Times/CBS poll of Tea Party supporters finds that this group “actually are just as likely as Americans as a whole to have returned their census forms, though some conservative leaders have urged a boycott.”
Prisoners and the 2010 Census: New Developments
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.
Census Participation Patterns Vary Among Large Cities
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 race and ethnic characteristics predict response rates.
News Coverage of the 2010 Census
Stories about the 2010 Census account for a growing — albeit small — fraction of U.S. news coverage, according to statistics compiled by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.