The following reports represent the collaborative work of the staff of the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends project. The staff currently consists of: Paul Taylor, Kim Parker, Rakesh Kochhar, Mark Lopez, Jeffrey Passel, Richard Fry, Rich Morin, D’Vera Cohn, Gretchen Livingston, Wendy Wang, Daniel Dockterman, Gabriel Velasco and Mary Seaborn.
Is College Worth It?
College costs are rising, student debt is mounting, and most Americans say college fails to deliver good value for the money. Meantime, only 19% of college presidents say the U.S. system is the best in the world. However, more than eight-in-ten college graduates say college was a good investment for them personally.
Interactive: The Value of College
These interactive charts explore the attitudes of the public and of college presidents about the value, cost, quality, mission and payoff of higher education.
Home Sweet Home. Still.
The collapse of the U.S. housing market has not shaken the public’s confidence in the investment value of homeownership.
Interactive: Attitudes about the Changing American Family
The American public is sharply divided in its judgments about the sweeping changes in the structure of the American family that have unfolded over the past half century.