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.
The New Demography of American Motherhood
Today’s mothers of newborns are older and better educated than their counterparts in 1990, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. They are less likely to be white and less likely to be married.
Analysis of Low-Responding Census Tracts
A snapshot of the lowest-responding neighborhoods in the 2010 Census shows that more than two-thirds are in cities, and they tend to be more racially or ethnically diverse than higher-responding areas.
Latino Population by County
Updated maps of the U.S. Hispanic population by county are available on the Pew Hispanic Center website. They show population numbers, shares and growth for 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2008, using population estimates and Decennial Census data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The county data for 1990, 2000 and 2008 also can be downloaded.
Census Response: Role of Replacement Questionnaires
The 2010 Census mail participation rate of 72% has matched the 2000 Census rate, and Census Bureau officials have released data indicating that sending replacement questionnaires to low-responding areas may have played a role.
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.