For the first time, Latinos are the single largest group of poor children, outnumbering whites, according to census data analyzed in a new Pew Hispanic Center report on Hispanic childhood poverty. Read more
All Things Census
The Census Bureau announced today that more than one-in-four same-sex couples counted in the 2010 Census was likely an opposite-sex couple, and identified a confusing questionnaire as a likely culprit. The bureau released a new set of “preferred” same-sex counts, including its first tally ever of same-sex spouses counted in the census. Read more
The Census Bureau today released data for communities, states and the nation from the 2010 American Community Survey, which enriches and expands on the basic demographics from the 2010 Census. Among the subjects it includes are education, immigration, income, poverty, commuting and housing. Read more
More than half of the questionnaires returned in Canada’s 2011 Census (54.4%) were completed online, exceeding the government’s target of 40%, according to a Canadian Press report published in the Globe and Mail newspaper. The success of the online option may offer lessons for U.S. Census Bureau officials, who say they will offer an online option in the 2020 Census. Read more
The Census Bureau reported today that the nation’s poverty rate grew to 15.1% in 2010, an increase for the third year in a row, and that median household income declined in 2010. Pew Research Center reports have documented the impact of the Great Recession and shaky recovery on Americans’ wealth, work lives, personal finances and emotional well-being–finding, for example, that more than half of working Americans report a job-related hardship. Recent public opinion surveys by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press have found that Americans are wary of providing increased spending for the poor and needy.
Census Bureau data can be a useful tool to track trends in population size and characteristics since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The Wall Street Journal, using data for census tracts, compared figures from Census 2000 and Census 2010 to report on growth in the past decade in lower Manhattan, once the site of the twin World Trade Towers. It’s now one of New York City’s fastest-growing residential areas. NY1, a web-based news site, did a similar report in July, reporting that single men and young families were among the top demographic groups moving in. Read more
The counts and characteristics of same-sex couples are among the most written-about data from the 2010 Census and American Community Survey. Yet, two decades after the Census Bureau began offering people the option to describe themselves as a same-sex “unmarried partner,” producing accurate numbers remains a challenge. Read more
Increase in the Hispanic population, ages 18-24, from 2009 to 2010: 7%.
Increase in Hispanics enrolled in college, ages 18-24, from 2009 to 2010: 24%.
Those numbers are from a new Pew Hispanic Center analysis of Census Bureau data from the Current Population Survey. According to the analysis, a record 1.8 million Hispanics, ages 18-24, were enrolled in college in October 2010.
The gender gap in college education is the subject of a new Pew Research Center report that includes analysis of public opinion data and of Census Bureau statistics. Women surpass men among recent college graduates, and women also have a more positive view of the value of a college education. The report includes Current Population Survey statistics comparing the genders going back to 1964.
The American Community Survey’s biggest asset also presents its biggest challenge, according to the summary of a recent workshop that brought together two dozen Census Bureau staff and expert users to evaluate the ACS and discuss how to make it more useful. Specifically, users said the local-level estimates in the ACS are its most valuable feature, but that their biggest concern is the large margins of error associated with these small-area estimates. Read more