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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the number of babies born to unmarried mothers has risen, so has interest from government officials in persuading unmarried fathers to sign a paternity acknowledgement form that gets their name added to the birth certificate. It’s standard practice now for hospitals to ask those dads to sign–but not everyone does. What makes a difference in who signs? Read more at FactTank.
The trend toward delayed motherhood has produced dramatic results in Canada, where slightly more than half of newborns have mothers who are at least 30 years old, according to a new report by that country’s statistics agency. By contrast, about 40% of births in the U.S. are to women ages 30 and older. Read more at FactTank.
The overall U.S. birth rate declined to a record low in 2011, but newly-released government data showed remarkably different trends for young and older women. Birth rates continued to decline to an all-time low among women in their teens and early 20s, while rising to the highest level in four decades among women in their early 40s. Read more at FactTank.
When the results of the 2011 German census were announced recently, they included an embarrassing error – at least in the demographics world. It showed the German population was 1.5 million people short of what the government had expected. The news dealt a blow to Germany’s reputation for efficient record-keeping, and it’s also relevant to how the next U.S. Census is conducted. Read more at FactTank.