All Things Census


Pew Research Center at the Population Association of America

The annual conference of the Population Association of America is being held this week, with more than 200 sessions on a variety of U.S. and international topics. Among the papers and posters are several from Pew Research Center data analysts. They include: Read more


Census Bureau Pushes Online Survey Response Option

The Census Bureau plans to take a big step into the world of digital data collection starting in January, offering more than 3 million households that receive the American Community Survey each year the option to respond online for the first time. Read more


Hispanic? Latino? Or…?

The official term on the census form is “Hispanic” or “Latino,” but that label does not match the self-description of most U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spanish-speaking countries, according to a new Pew Hispanic Center survey. Nor do most Latino adults believe that Hispanics in the U.S. share a common culture. Read more


The 1940 Census: A Few FAQs

Individual-level records from the 1940 Census have been released by the National Archives for the first time, unlocking a digital treasure chest for people researching their family histories. When records were made available on April 2, demand was so great that the website was paralyzed, according to media accounts. Read more


Sample Surveys and the 1940 Census

After a 72-year wait required by law, the National Archives has released individual records from the 1940 Census, opening a gold mine for people researching their family histories. But the 1940 Census also played a notable role in the history of census-taking: It helped usher in the modern era of sample surveys. Read more


Maps and Data about the Hispanic Population

Here is a statistic that illustrates the dispersion of the nation’s Hispanic population: Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Hispanics lived in the 50 counties with the largest Hispanic populations in 2000. In 2010, 59% lived in those top 50 counties. Those statistics are derived from the Pew Hispanic Center’s analysis of Census Bureau data, displayed in updated profiles, data and interactive maps. Read more


Intermarried Couples: Trends and Characteristics

More than one-in-six new marriages these days (15%) take place between people from different race or ethnic groups, according to a report from the Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project that uses data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Read more


Labor Force Growth Slows, Hispanic Share Grows

Hispanics will account for three-quarters of the growth in the nation’s labor force from 2010 to 2020, according to new projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). One major reason is that the Hispanic population is growing rapidly due to births and immigration. At the same time, the aging of the non-Hispanic white population is expected to reduce their numbers in the labor force. Read more


How Much Did the Foreign-Born Population Grow?

How much did the U.S. foreign-born population grow from 2009 to 2010? According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the number grew by 1.5 million, or 4%. But a new Pew Hispanic Center analysis concludes that the growth was markedly lower. Read more


Marriage Rate Declines and Marriage Age Rises

A new Pew Research Center report confirms that marriage continues to lose market share among Americans to other arrangements, such as cohabitation or living alone. According to census data cited in the report, barely half of adults ages 18 and older are married– 51% in 2010, compared with 72% in 1960. This decline is especially notable for young adults: 20% of 18- to 29-year-olds were married in 2010, compared with 59% in 1960. Read more