Mar. 24, 2014

A New Census Category for Middle East/North Africa Ethnicity?

This posting summarizes a Fact Tank article about the Census Bureau’s study of a possible new ethnic category for people of Middle Eastern and North African descent. The bureau has embarked on a broad look at how it asks about race and ethnicity, preparing for the 2020 Census.

Mar. 15, 2014

Will the Census Bureau Rewrite its Race and Ethnicity Questions?

This posting links to a Fact Tank article explaining the Census Bureau’s research into new question wording about race and ethnicity. The bureau is testing a combined question in an attempt to improve response rates and reduce the number of people who check “some other race.”

Oct. 8, 2013

Census Website Closed, But Census Data Can Be Obtained

This posting links to a FactTank article about how to obtain census data even though federal websites are closed because of the government shutdown.

Dec. 14, 2012

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

The Census Bureau has released new U.S. population projections that assume a markedly lower level of growth than the agency predicted in the previous projections in 2008. Most of the reduced growth is due to lower projected immigration, but the bureau also forecast lower birth rates than it previously assumed.

Sep. 20, 2012

Revising the Past, Using 2010 Census Data

Every decade, new information from the decennial census is used to update a wide range of government demographic estimates and survey benchmarks. In some cases, that results in revisions to previously published data, which researchers need to note.

Sep. 20, 2012

News Coverage of 2011 Census Data: It’s the Economy

The Census Bureau released 2011 American Community Survey data today, and this posting looks at news coverage about the newly released estimates. Most coverage focused on economic indicators, with some stories saying the economy was still declining but others concluding the decline may have bottomed out.

Aug. 9, 2012

Census Bureau Pursues New Questions on Race and Hispanic Origin

This posting includes links to newly released Census Bureau research on how Americans should be asked about their race and ethnicity. It links to a previous posting that explains the background behind this ground-breaking research.

Aug. 7, 2012

Census Bureau Considers Changing Its Race/Hispanic Questions

The race and Hispanic origin categories on the 2010 Census form (and many other government forms) do not always match people’s self-identification, and this is especially true for Hispanics. The Census Bureau will present results of research on alternative questionnaire designs and wording that attempts to address the issue.

Apr. 26, 2012

Census Bureau Pushes Online Survey Response Option

Starting in 2013, the Census Bureau would like all of the more than 3 million households that receive its American Community Survey to be pushed to respond online, instead of mailing back the traditional paper questionnaire. The bureau recently released results of a test of online response that had some encouraging results.

Apr. 3, 2012

The 1940 Census: A Few FAQs

The release of records from the 1940 Census will help people research their family history, although at first the records can only be searched by address, not name. This posting details some of the findings and methods of the 1940 Census.