All Things Census


A Rise in Stay-at-Home Mothers Reverses a Long Trend

A rising share of mothers (29% in 2012) do not work outside the home, a trend that reverses decades of decline in stay-at-home motherhood, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data. The turnaround appears to be driven by a mix of demographic, economic and societal factors. Read more


Census Report Explores How Hispanics Answer the Race Question

The Census Bureau has released a new report exploring how Hispanics responded to the question about their race in the 2010 Census. Most of those who chose “some other race” were Latino, but the share varied among country-of-origin groups. Read more at Fact Tank.


A New Census Category for Middle East/North Africa Ethnicity?

The Census Bureau is exploring whether to create a new ethnic category on its questionnaires, for people of Middle Eastern and North African descent. The new category, requested by advocacy organizations, would be broader than the Arab ancestry data collected by the bureau since 1980. Read more at Fact Tank.


Will the Census Bureau Rewrite its Race and Ethnicity Questions?

The Census Bureau is in the midst of a years-long research project on how to improve its census questions about race and ethnicity. Results are in from an experiment that offered respondents a combined race-ethnicity question for the first time. Though indications are promising, much work remains. Read more at Fact Tank.


Census Bureau Tries Texting and More

The Census Bureau is taking a test census this year to experiment with ideas for the 2020 Census. It will try reaching people by text message, encouraging them to respond online and using  “big data” to fill in details that census takers cannot obtain from questionnaires or door-to-door visits. Read more at Fact Tank.


Widening Gap Between Those With and Without a College Education

The gap in earnings between today’s young adults with college degrees and those without them is wider than it was for previous generations, according to a new Pew Research Center report based on census data and a new nationally representative survey. The gap also has widened between college graduates and those with less education on other economic measures.


Census Data Show Rise in New Marriages

Recently released Census data indicate that the number of new marriages in the U.S. went up in 2012, reversing a three-year decline. The uptick is concentrated among the college-educated and those ages 35 and older. Read more at FactTank.


Changing Demographics of Poverty

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty, there is debate about how effective it has been, and about the accuracy of the current official measure of poverty. One thing is clear, though: The demographics of America’s poor have changed over the decades. Read more at FactTank.


Gender Pay Gap Narrows, and Persists

Women overall earn 84% of what men do in median hourly pay, a gap that has narrowed considerably since 1980, when women earned 64% of what men were paid. The narrowing–and persistence–of the gender pay gap are explored in a new Pew Research Center report, which also includes a survey of attitudes about this issue.


Marriage and College

Parents who live with children younger than 18 are much more likely to be married if they are college-educated than if they are not, according to new data from the Census Bureau that reaffirm the strong links between educational attainment and marital status. Read more at FactTank.