All Things Census


Canada Census Exceeds Online Target

More than half of the questionnaires returned in Canada’s 2011 Census (54.4%) were completed online, exceeding the government’s target of 40%, according to a Canadian Press report published in the Globe and Mail newspaper. The success of the online option may offer lessons for U.S. Census Bureau officials, who say they will offer an online option in the 2020 Census. Read more


Adding Context to the Census Bureau’s Income and Poverty Report

The Census Bureau reported today that the nation’s poverty rate grew to 15.1% in 2010, an increase for the third year in a row, and that median household income declined in 2010. Pew Research Center reports have documented the impact of the Great Recession and shaky recovery on Americans’ wealth, work lives, personal finances and emotional well-being–finding, for example, that more than half of working Americans report a job-related hardship. Recent public opinion surveys by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press have found that Americans are wary of providing increased spending for the poor and needy.

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Using Census Data To Track Change Since 9/11/2001

Census Bureau data can be a useful tool to track trends in population size and characteristics since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The Wall Street Journal, using data for census tracts, compared figures from Census 2000 and Census 2010 to report on growth in the past decade in lower Manhattan, once the site of the twin World Trade Towers. It’s now one of New York City’s fastest-growing residential areas. NY1, a web-based news site, did a similar report in July, reporting that single men and young families were among the top demographic groups moving in. Read more


How Accurate Are Counts of Same-Sex Couples?

The counts and characteristics of same-sex couples are among the most written-about data from the 2010 Census and American Community Survey. Yet, two decades after the Census Bureau began offering people the option to describe themselves as a same-sex “unmarried partner,” producing accurate numbers remains a challenge. Read more


Hispanic College Enrollment Grows Sharply

Increase in the Hispanic population, ages 18-24, from 2009 to 2010: 7%.

Increase in Hispanics enrolled in college, ages 18-24, from 2009 to 2010: 24%.

Those numbers are from a new Pew Hispanic Center analysis of Census Bureau data from the Current Population Survey. According to the analysis, a record 1.8 million Hispanics, ages 18-24, were enrolled in college in October 2010.


Gender and Education

The gender gap in college education is the subject of a new Pew Research Center report that includes analysis of public opinion data and of Census Bureau statistics. Women surpass men among recent college graduates, and women also have a more positive view of the value of a college education. The report includes Current Population Survey statistics comparing the genders going back to 1964.


American Community Survey’s Assets and Deficits

The American Community Survey’s biggest asset also presents its biggest challenge, according to the summary of a recent workshop that brought together two dozen Census Bureau staff and expert users to evaluate the ACS and discuss how to make it more useful. Specifically, users said the local-level estimates in the ACS are its most valuable feature, but that their biggest concern is the large margins of error associated with these small-area estimates. Read more


Census 2010: What It Does Not Include

Many people who are interested in using data from the 2010 Census for various purposes may be surprised to learn what was not asked.  In an article for the Gotham Gazette, sociologist Andrew Beveridge points out that even some demographers have asked him about data they think will be published by the 2010 Census, but won’t be. Read more


New York City Files Census Challenge

New York City officials filed an official challenge to the 2010 Census results today, saying that the count was at least 50,000 people short of the true number. Their detailed submission under the Count Question Resolution program argues that census-takers “erroneously determined to be vacant” many units that were in fact occupied. (The New York  Department of City Planning also issued a briefing book and press release on the challenge.) Read more


Australia Takes A Census

Australia takes a national census this week, and it is expected that one-in-three households will choose the online option to fill out the 60-question form. The nation last took a census in 2006, and the 2011 count marks a century of census-taking for Australia. Read more