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.
Census 2010: What It Does Not Include
Some users of Census data may be surprised to learn what the 2010 Census did not ask, because many detailed items about demographics, economics and housing now are included in the American Community Survey. This posting includes a link to an article by sociologist Andrew Beveridge about the differences between Census 2010 and the ACS, as well as links to questionnaire forms.
New York City Files Census Challenge
New York City filed its official challenge to 2010 Census results today, stating that the count missed at least 50,000 people, in large part because occupied units were erroneously termed vacant.
Australia Takes A Census
Australia’s 2011 Census is this week, marking a century of census-taking in that country. The form includes a question about religion, unlike the U.S. Census form, and the statistics agency will report same-sex marriages for the first time.
Population Change in Europe
A report on population change in the European Union concluded that 20 nations had population gains in 2010, while seven had population decreases. Overall, the European Union population grew by 1.4 million, to 502.5 million as of January 2011.
Changing Pattern of Mexican-American Population Growth
A new report from the Pew Hispanic Center shows that births now surpass immigration as the major source of Mexican-American population growth.
Summary of the First Results from the 2010 Census
The proportion of children in the nation’s population is at an all-time low, according to a new analysis of important findings and trends from the first wave of 2010 Census data that has just been published by the Population Reference Bureau.
A Less Frequent Census for New Zealand?
New Zealand may take its census every five years instead of every 10 years, according to its statistics minister, who says a final decision has not been made. The national census, scheduled for 2011, was postponed until 2013 because of damage and disruption from a large earthquake.
Using Census Data to Map Change
A growing number of organizations (including the Census Bureau) are producing census-based interactive maps that allow users to choose the level of geography, topic or time period they want to display. This All Things Census posting includes links to maps using data from the 2010 Census, as well as earlier census data.
Census Data on Unmarried Partners
This All Things Census posting announces a new Pew Research Center report using census data to explore the economics of cohabitation, which uses census data to compare the financial well-being of adults who are married, living with an unmarried opposite-sex partner, or not living with such a partner or spouse. The Census Bureau is releasing detailed local-level counts of unmarried couples over the summer.
Living Together: The Economics of Cohabitation
Cohabitation is an increasingly prevalent lifestyle in the United States. The share of 30- to 44-year-olds living as unmarried couples has more than doubled since the mid-1990s. Adults with lower levels of education—without college degrees—are twice as likely to cohabit as those with college degrees.