All Things Census


Changing Demographics of Poverty

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty, there is debate about how effective it has been, and about the accuracy of the current official measure of poverty. One thing is clear, though: The demographics of America’s poor have changed over the decades. Read more at FactTank.


Gender Pay Gap Narrows, and Persists

Women overall earn 84% of what men do in median hourly pay, a gap that has narrowed considerably since 1980, when women earned 64% of what men were paid. The narrowing–and persistence–of the gender pay gap are explored in a new Pew Research Center report, which also includes a survey of attitudes about this issue.


Marriage and College

Parents who live with children younger than 18 are much more likely to be married if they are college-educated than if they are not, according to new data from the Census Bureau that reaffirm the strong links between educational attainment and marital status. Read more at FactTank.


Census Migration Estimates, Charted

More than 7 million Americans moved to a new state between 2011 and 2012, according to Census Bureau American Community Survey data that is the basis for an interactive graphic designed by data journalist Chris Walker. See what it looks like at FactTank.


Millennials: Only a Third Head Their Own Households

Though the nation is officially four years into economic recovery, a new Pew Research Center analysis of recently released Census data suggests that most Millennials (adults ages 18 to 32) are still not setting out on their own. As of March 2013, only about one-in-three Millennials (34%) headed up their own household.  This rate is unchanged from March 2012 and even lower than the level observed in the depths of the Great Recession. Read more at FactTank.


Census Website Closed, But Census Data Can Be Obtained

Among the many data casualties that have resulted from the federal government shutdown is the shuttered U.S. Census Bureau website, which is critical for many people, from demographers to journalists. But with a little digging, fellow data users, we’ve found that there are still several ways to access government data. Read more at FactTank.


College-Educated Americans Take Bigger Share of the Income Pie

In 2012, nearly one out of two dollars of the nation’s total household income went to households headed by someone with at least a bachelor’s degree, according to recently released Census Bureau data. College-educated households, which account for one-in-three households, have been taking home a growing share of aggregate U.S. income. Read more at FactTank. 


Decline in Unauthorized Immigration Stalls; Number May Be Rising

The sharp decline in the U.S. unauthorized immigrant population that accompanied the Great Recession has bottomed out, and the number may be rising again, according to new Pew Research Center estimates based on Census Bureau and other government data. An estimated 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants were living in the U.S. in March 2012, according to a preliminary estimate. Read more.


Income Trends and Gaps

The typical American household had 9% less income in 2012 than it did 13 years earlier, according to Census Bureau data released Sept. 17 (all figures adjusted for inflation). For other key findings from the bureau’s annual release of income and poverty data, read more at FactTank.


New Milestones for Hispanic Students

Newly released Census Bureau data show that among 18- to 24-year-old recent high school graduates, a higher share of Hispanics (49%) than non-Hispanic whites (47%) were enrolled in college in 2012. However, because of higher Hispanic high school dropout rates, the share of all Hispanic young people ages 18 to 24 enrolled in college (37.5%) lags the share of whites (42.1%). The Census data documented several new milestones for Latino students. Read more at FactTank.