All Things Census


Census Migration Estimates, Charted

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.


Millennials: Only a Third Head Their Own Households

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.


Census Website Closed, But Census Data Can Be Obtained

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.


College-Educated Americans Take Bigger Share of the Income Pie

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. 


Decline in Unauthorized Immigration Stalls; Number May Be Rising

The sharp decline in the U.S. unauthorized immigrant population that accompanied the Great Recession has bottomed out, and the number may be rising again, according to new Pew Research Center estimates based on Census Bureau and other government data. An estimated 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants were living in the U.S. in March 2012, according to a preliminary estimate. Read more.


Income Trends and Gaps

The typical American household had 9% less income in 2012 than it did 13 years earlier, according to Census Bureau data released Sept. 17 (all figures adjusted for inflation). For other key findings from the bureau’s annual release of income and poverty data, read more at FactTank.


New Milestones for Hispanic Students

Newly released Census Bureau data show that among 18- to 24-year-old recent high school graduates, a higher share of Hispanics (49%) than non-Hispanic whites (47%) were enrolled in college in 2012. However, because of higher Hispanic high school dropout rates, the share of all Hispanic young people ages 18 to 24 enrolled in college (37.5%) lags the share of whites (42.1%). The Census data documented several new milestones for Latino students. Read more at FactTank.


Grandparents and Child Care

In 2011, 7.7 million children in the U.S.–one-in-ten–were living with a grandparent, and about 3 million of those children were being cared for primarily by that grandparent. Both of these numbers rose rapidly after the onset of the recession in 2007 and have stabilized since 2009, when the recession officially ended, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Read more.


Race Gap Narrows and Widens

A new Pew Research Center report, released just before the 50th anniversary of  the civil rights rally in Washington, D.C., that included Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, finds that the gap between black and white Americans has narrowed on some measures (life expectancy, high school graduation rates) but widened on others (income). The report also presents results of a public opinion survey on race relations. Read more.


More Young Adults Live with Their Parents

A record number of Millennials—young adults ages 18 to 31—were living in their parents’ home in 2012 due to a combination of economic, educational and cultural factors, according to a new Pew Research Center report. The report, which used U.S. Census Bureau data, said the 36% share of young adults living in their parents’ home represents the highest share in at least four decades.