All Things Census


Grandparents and Child Care

In 2011, 7.7 million children in the U.S.–one-in-ten–were living with a grandparent, and about 3 million of those children were being cared for primarily by that grandparent. Both of these numbers rose rapidly after the onset of the recession in 2007 and have stabilized since 2009, when the recession officially ended, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Read more.


Race Gap Narrows and Widens

A new Pew Research Center report, released just before the 50th anniversary of  the civil rights rally in Washington, D.C., that included Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, finds that the gap between black and white Americans has narrowed on some measures (life expectancy, high school graduation rates) but widened on others (income). The report also presents results of a public opinion survey on race relations. Read more.


More Young Adults Live with Their Parents

A record number of Millennials—young adults ages 18 to 31—were living in their parents’ home in 2012 due to a combination of economic, educational and cultural factors, according to a new Pew Research Center report. The report, which used U.S. Census Bureau data, said the 36% share of young adults living in their parents’ home represents the highest share in at least four decades.


More Evidence of Preference for Sons

As the number of babies born to unmarried mothers has risen, so has interest from government officials in persuading unmarried fathers to sign a paternity acknowledgement form that gets their name added to the birth certificate. It’s standard practice now for hospitals to ask those dads to sign–but not everyone does. What makes a difference in who signs? Read more at FactTank.


Delayed Motherhood in Canada

The trend toward delayed motherhood has produced dramatic results in Canada, where slightly more than half of newborns have mothers who are at least 30 years old, according to a new report by that country’s statistics agency. By contrast, about 40% of births in the U.S. are to women ages 30 and older. Read more at FactTank.


Birth Rate Trends Differ Notably by Age Group

The overall U.S. birth rate declined to a record low in 2011, but newly-released government data showed remarkably different trends for young and older women. Birth rates continued to decline to an all-time low among women in their teens and early 20s, while rising to the highest level in four decades among women in their early 40s. Read more at FactTank.


The German Census Falls Short

When the results of the 2011 German census were announced recently, they included an embarrassing error – at least in the demographics world. It showed the German population was 1.5 million people short of what the government had expected. The news dealt a blow to Germany’s reputation for efficient record-keeping, and it’s also relevant to how the next U.S. Census is conducted. Read more at FactTank.


New Census Figures Raise a Good Question

The finding that made headlines from this week’s Census Bureau release of new national and state population estimates—that there are now more deaths than births among non-Hispanic whites—is a vivid illustration of the rapid long-term growth in the number of older Americans. Read more at FactTank.


Love and Marriage

Americans believe that love is the main foundation of marriage. Most who never have been married say they would like to be at some point in their lives. However, statistics show Americans aren’t rushing to the altar, and the U.S. marriage rate is at an all-time low—only 51% of adults were married in 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. Read more


Second-Generation Americans, by the Numbers

U.S.-born adult children of immigrants–the second generation–are better off than immigrants on key measures of socio-economic well-being, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data. Among Hispanics and Asians, the second generation is more likely than the immigrant generation to think of themselves as a “typical American,” according to survey data cited in the same report. Read more