All Things Census


Even After the Recession, A Continued Rise in Multi-Generational Living

A rising number and share of Americans–a record 57 million in 2012–live in multi-generational family households, with growth continuing even after the end of the Great Recession, according to a new Pew Research Center report based on U.S. Census Bureau data. Young adults ages 25 to 34 have been a major contributor to this growth, especially since 2010. The report can be found here.


Census: Minority Births Not Quite the Majority Yet

Minorities make up a larger share of the youngest Americans than of older Americans, but are not yet a majority even among newborns, according to new Census Bureau population estimates for 2013. The nation’s transition to a majority-minority youth population was slowed by the sharp decline in U.S. births, especially among Hispanics, following the onset of the Great Recession. Read more at FactTank.


Hispanic Growth Mainly Due to Births, Asians Mainly Due to Immigration

Newly released Census Bureau population estimates for 2013 show that the nation’s Hispanic population numbers slightly more than 54 million, compared with 19.4 million Asians. The primary source of growth is births for the Hispanic population and international migration for Asians. Read more at FactTank.


Big Changes in Stay-at-Home Fatherhood

The number of U.S. fathers who are home with their children has risen markedly in recent years, up to 2 million in 2012, and they also have grown as a share of stay-at-home parents. Fathers’ reasons for being home, as well as some of their characteristics, differ from those of stay-at-home mothers. Read more at FactTank.


Are We There Yet?

The Census Bureau announced two years ago that most U.S. babies being born these days are racial and ethnic minorities, a milestone on the route to a majority-minority nation. But according to data released from the National Center for Health Statistics last week, most U.S. mothers still are non-Hispanic white. Read more at FactTank.


Census Will Count Same-sex Spouses with Married Couples

The Census Bureau will include same-sex spouses with married couples when it releases 2013 American Community Survey data in September, rather than categorizing them as unmarried couples. The change is not expected to have a big impact on overall marriage trends, and the bureau has cautioned that same-sex spouse estimates are flawed. Read more at FactTank.


A Difficult Question: How Many Same-Sex Married Couples?

The Census Bureau, acknowledging serious problems with its counts of same-sex married couples, is trying new questions on its surveys in an attempt to produce more accurate data. The bureau says its counts of this group are artificially high, mainly because of a seemingly simple error on some census questionnaires. Read more at FactTank.


Do Americans Change Their Race? From One Census to the Next, Millions Do

At least 10 million Americans checked different boxes on the 2010 census form than they had in 2000 to describe their racial or Hispanic identity, according to new research presented at last week’s Population Association of America meeting. Although smaller-scale studies have shown that racial and ethnic identity can change, this work was the first to use the census count of all Americans to provide a broad look at how selections may vary. Read more at FactTank.


The Changing Forces Driving Hispanic Population Growth

The share of foreign-born Hispanics has declined since earlier in the decade, as immigration from abroad has slowed, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census figures. Births have been the primary driver of Hispanic growth since 2000. Read the report, and accompanying statistical profiles of the U.S. Hispanic and foreign-born populations.


Hispanic Stay-at-Home Mothers

A recent Pew Research Center report showed that Hispanics (and Asians) are more likely than whites or blacks to be stay-at-home mothers. Additional analysis shows that Hispanic immigrants (44%) are even more likely than U.S.-born Hispanic mothers (29%) to be home with their children–and to believe that a stay-at-home parent is best for children. Read more at FactTank.