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.
Recent Reading on the 2010 Census
The Census Bureau’s national map and statistics showing detailed daily participation rates in the 2010 Census is being picked up by journalists around the country in various ways.
2010 Census Early Response Rate
The Census Bureau has rolled out the first set of numbers showing the 2010 Census mail participation rate for communities, states and the nation.
Who Are the 2010 Census Skeptics?
Among American adults who say they may not participate in the 2010 Census, 44% are under age 30, according to a new analysis of a Pew Research Center survey on attitudes toward the national headcount.
Survey: How Many Will Participate in 2010 Census?
As forms for the 2010 U.S. Census arrive in households across the nation this week, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that nearly nine-in-ten Americans (87%) now say they definitely or probably will fill out and return their forms, or have already done so.
College Students Count in the Census, but Where?
Where should college students be counted in the 2010 Census–at their parents’ home or their school address?
New Measure of Participation in the 2010 Census
For the 2010 Census, the Census Bureau will use a new real-time metric, called the “mail participation rate,” to report the share of U.S. households-by state, city, county and neighborhood-that send back their completed forms.
Dollars and Census
A Brookings Institution report released today analyzes in detail the federal money that is distributed to states and localities each year based on results of the once-a-decade census.
Census History: Counting Hispanics
Despite the long history of Hispanic residents in the United States, there was no systematic effort to count this group separately in the Census until the late 20th century.
Census 2010: A New Mapping Tool
A recently launched online mapping tool allows users to display and download Census data for states, cities, counties and neighborhoods that indicate how difficult it might be to count the people living in those areas in the 2010 Census.
Recent Evaluations of 2010 Census Operations
Wide-ranging assessments of 2010 Census operations have recently been published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office and by the U.S. Commerce Department’s inspector general.