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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 7 million Americans moved to a new state between 2011 and 2012, according to Census Bureau American Community Survey data that is the basis for an interactive graphic designed by data journalist Chris Walker. See what it looks like at FactTank.
Though the nation is officially four years into economic recovery, a new Pew Research Center analysis of recently released Census data suggests that most Millennials (adults ages 18 to 32) are still not setting out on their own. As of March 2013, only about one-in-three Millennials (34%) headed up their own household. This rate is unchanged from March 2012 and even lower than the level observed in the depths of the Great Recession. Read more at FactTank.
Among the many data casualties that have resulted from the federal government shutdown is the shuttered U.S. Census Bureau website, which is critical for many people, from demographers to journalists. But with a little digging, fellow data users, we’ve found that there are still several ways to access government data. Read more at FactTank.
In 2012, nearly one out of two dollars of the nation’s total household income went to households headed by someone with at least a bachelor’s degree, according to recently released Census Bureau data. College-educated households, which account for one-in-three households, have been taking home a growing share of aggregate U.S. income. Read more at FactTank.