All Things Census


The Middle Class Shrinks and Income Segregation Rises

In 1980, 23% of U.S. lower-income households lived in majority low-income neighborhoods; in 2010, that had risen to 28%. At the other end of the economic scale, the share of upper-income households living in majority upper-income neighborhoods doubled, to 18% in 2010 from 9% in 1980, according to a new Pew Research Center income segregation report based on census data. Read more


Explaining Why Minority Births Now Outnumber White Births

The nation’s racial and ethnic minority groups—especially Hispanics—are growing more rapidly than the non-Hispanic white population, fueled by both immigration and births. This trend has been taking place for decades, and one result is the Census Bureau’s announcement today that non-Hispanic whites now account for a minority of births in the U.S. for the first time. Read more


Divorce and the Great Recession

At the Population Association of America’s annual conference in San Francisco this week, papers on the Great Recession’s impact on families, wealth, children, young adults, older Americans and other realms of life will be presented in at least 10 of the 200-plus sessions. Much of the research is preliminary, but it raises intriguing questions. Read more


Pew Research Center at the Population Association of America

The annual conference of the Population Association of America is being held this week, with more than 200 sessions on a variety of U.S. and international topics. Among the papers and posters are several from Pew Research Center data analysts. They include: Read more


Census Bureau Pushes Online Survey Response Option

The Census Bureau plans to take a big step into the world of digital data collection starting in January, offering more than 3 million households that receive the American Community Survey each year the option to respond online for the first time. Read more


Hispanic? Latino? Or…?

The official term on the census form is “Hispanic” or “Latino,” but that label does not match the self-description of most U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spanish-speaking countries, according to a new Pew Hispanic Center survey. Nor do most Latino adults believe that Hispanics in the U.S. share a common culture. Read more


The 1940 Census: A Few FAQs

Individual-level records from the 1940 Census have been released by the National Archives for the first time, unlocking a digital treasure chest for people researching their family histories. When records were made available on April 2, demand was so great that the website was paralyzed, according to media accounts. Read more


Sample Surveys and the 1940 Census

After a 72-year wait required by law, the National Archives has released individual records from the 1940 Census, opening a gold mine for people researching their family histories. But the 1940 Census also played a notable role in the history of census-taking: It helped usher in the modern era of sample surveys. Read more


Maps and Data about the Hispanic Population

Here is a statistic that illustrates the dispersion of the nation’s Hispanic population: Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Hispanics lived in the 50 counties with the largest Hispanic populations in 2000. In 2010, 59% lived in those top 50 counties. Those statistics are derived from the Pew Hispanic Center’s analysis of Census Bureau data, displayed in updated profiles, data and interactive maps. Read more


Intermarried Couples: Trends and Characteristics

More than one-in-six new marriages these days (15%) take place between people from different race or ethnic groups, according to a report from the Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project that uses data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Read more