All Things Census


More Evidence of Preference for Sons

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.


Delayed Motherhood in Canada

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.


Birth Rate Trends Differ Notably by Age Group

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.


The German Census Falls Short

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.


New Census Figures Raise a Good Question

The finding that made headlines from this week’s Census Bureau release of new national and state population estimates—that there are now more deaths than births among non-Hispanic whites—is a vivid illustration of the rapid long-term growth in the number of older Americans. Read more at FactTank.


Love and Marriage

Americans believe that love is the main foundation of marriage. Most who never have been married say they would like to be at some point in their lives. However, statistics show Americans aren’t rushing to the altar, and the U.S. marriage rate is at an all-time low—only 51% of adults were married in 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. Read more


Second-Generation Americans, by the Numbers

U.S.-born adult children of immigrants–the second generation–are better off than immigrants on key measures of socio-economic well-being, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data. Among Hispanics and Asians, the second generation is more likely than the immigrant generation to think of themselves as a “typical American,” according to survey data cited in the same report. Read more


Census Bureau Lowers U.S. Growth Forecast, Mainly Due to Reduced Immigration and Births

The Census Bureau’s new national population projections released this week forecast markedly lower growth for the nation in the coming decades—especially from immigration—than the last official projection in 2008. In fact, the bureau’s new projected population of 420.3 million in 2060 is below its previous projection of 439 million for a decade earlier, in 2050. The bureau’s new projected population for 2050 is 399.8 million. Read more


Immigrant Women Lead Recent Drop in U.S. Births and Birth Rates

The drop in U.S. birth rates after the onset of the Great Recession was led by foreign-born women, whose birth rates plunged 14% from 2007 to 2010, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data. The overall birth rate declined 8% in those years, and the birth rate for U.S.-born women decreased 6%. Read more


No Reversal in Decline of Marriage

The recent decline in the number of Americans getting married shows no signs of reversing.  In 2011, 4.2 million adults were newly married, about the same number as in 2010 and sharply lower than the 4.5 million newlyweds estimated in 2008. Read more