Portrait of D’Vera CohnD’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.

Jun 16, 2010

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 […]

Jun 9, 2010

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 […]

Jun 7, 2010

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 […]

Jun 4, 2010

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.

Jun 4, 2010

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.

Jun 2, 2010

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.

May 26, 2010

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?

May 24, 2010

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.

May 13, 2010

Census Data Point to Low Hispanic GED Attainment

Among Americans who have not obtained a regular high school diploma, Hispanics are less likely than members of other major U.S. race and ethnic groups to acquire a General Educational Development (GED) credential.

May 11, 2010

How Many Undocumented Immigrants?

The Census Bureau does not ask U.S. residents for their immigration status when they are counted in the 2010 Census or other population surveys.