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Census Gun Suspect Was Due in Court on Birthday

Ronald Anderson was charged in February with beating his girlfriend

(Newser) - The complicated story is filling in around yesterday's kidnapping-shooting at the Census Bureau in DC that left a security guard dead. The shooter has been identified as Ronald Anderson, and police say the woman he kidnapped was his girlfriend. Two months ago, Anderson was charged with assault for allegedly... More »

DC Suspect Captured After Census Guard Killed

Alleged kidnapper shot after car chase

(Newser) - A security guard at the Census Bureau is dead and an injured suspect is in custody after a dramatic series of events that police say started with an alleged kidnapping. DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier says a guard at bureau headquarters in Suitland, Md., was shot several times when he... More »

Seattle Tops San Francisco No. 1 City for Gay Couples

It now has highest percentage of any big city, says Census Bureau

(Newser) - Step aside, San Francisco—Seattle now has the highest concentration of gay couple households in the US. According to the Census Bureau, 2.6% of Seattle households are gay couples—the highest percentage among the nation’s top 50 most populous cities. San Francisco (2.5%) and Minneapolis (2.4%)... More »

1 in 4 Americans Lives Alone

Census Bureau issues new report

(Newser) - In 1970, roughly one in every six Americans lived alone. That number now stands at slightly more than every one in four, according to a new Census Bureau report out yesterday. Some 27.5% of American households are solo households, reports USA Today , which notes that the figure stood at... More »

'Negro' Wiped From US Census

'Black' or 'African-American' to be used instead

(Newser) - The Census Bureau seems perhaps a few decades late on this, but it has finally decided to stop using the word "Negro" in its surveys. Census forms will replace the current option of "black, African Am., or Negro" with simply "black" or "African-American" beginning next year.... More »

US Poverty Rate Still at Record Highs

But figures still better than analysts' predictions

(Newser) - The Census Bureau says the number of Americans in poverty stood at 15% in 2011 as the number of poor remained at record highs. About 46.2 million people, or nearly 1 in 6, were in poverty. The figures were better than the expectations of analysts who had predicted an... More »

Homeownership Falls to 15-Year Low

It's at 65.4%, down from a high of 69.2%, but analysts aren't worried—yet

(Newser) - The US homeownership rate fell to 65.4% in the first quarter to hit a 15-year-low, as foreclosures and a strong rental market kept Americans away from homeownership, according to figures released by the Census Bureau today. That's down from 66% last quarter, and from 69.2% at the... More »

Obama Wants Power to Merge 6 Trade Agencies

Move aims to cut down on government bureaucracy

(Newser) - President Obama will today announce a plan to mash together six federal agencies—including the Commerce Department—in an effort to simplify the government's sprawling regulatory bureaucracy. Obama can't actually make the move without Congressional approval, however, so he intends to ask Congress for a special reorganizational power—... More »

Census Memo: Please Stop Napping at Work

Another government memo warns of exploding toilets

(Newser) - The Federal Eye blog at the Washington Post picks up on two memos to government employees not of the usual variety (we hope):
  • Nap time: Census Bureau officials fielding increased complaints about workers "sleeping in public areas" of its Maryland headquarters cracked down: “Sleeping on the premises is
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Obama Only Marked Black on Census—Unfortunately

It could have been 'historic teaching moment,' writes Gregory Rodriguez

(Newser) - When Barack Obama sat down to fill out his census form, he checked off one race: black. And as one of the most famous mixed-race people in the world, "he missed an opportunity," writes Gregory Rodriguez for the Los Angeles Times . In the 20th century, the idea of... More »

US Hispanic Population Exceeds 50M

Latinos account for 16% of the nation

(Newser) - The latest Census Bureau numbers mark a milestone for the Hispanic population in the US—the figure exceeds 50 million for the first time. The total (50,477,594 to be exact) is a 43% increase from a decade ago, reports CNN . Related stats:
  • Hispanics, now the nation's second largest
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Census: California Power Shifting Inland to Hispanics

Minorities fuel most of state's growth

(Newser) - California's census numbers confirm the rise of the state's Hispanics: Latinos now make up 37.6% of the population (or 14 million), just a shade below the 40.1% of whites (15 million). And the trend is clear—that's a 28% increase for Hispanics over the last decade and a... More »

1 in 4 US Counties 'Dying'

More deaths than births recorded in rising number of areas: census

(Newser) - Almost a quarter of America's 3,142 counties are slowly dying, according to the US Census Bureau. Some 760 counties are now recording more deaths than births, census figures show, and what demographers call "natural decrease" is accelerating as the downturn pushes birth rates down and forces young people... More »

Nevada's Sunny Census Numbers Belie Gloom

Figures show incredible growth ... but lately, not so much

(Newser) - New Census figures tell the tale of Nevada's explosive growth, but the truer, more recent story is one of bust, reports the New York Times . Nevada's population soared 35% to 2.7 million from 2 million between 2000 and 2010, putting it in the No. 1 slot in terms of... More »

Census Results Could Be Really Good News for GOP

Red-leaning states to see congressional boost

(Newser) - The Census Bureau will announce its new population figures tomorrow, and Republicans will likely be fans of the numbers. Based on the figures, as many as 18 states could see their number of congressional districts and representatives change, a political consultant tells NPR . Texas is set to gain three Congressional... More »

US Poverty Rate Hits Record 14.3%

One in 7 fall within guidelines; highest since at least '65

(Newser) - The ranks of the working-age poor climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year, leaving one in seven Americans in poverty. The overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3%, or 43.6 million people, the Census Bureau said... More »

Census to Gay Couples: Call Yourselves Married

Bureau doesn't need to see a marriage license: 'We don't do that for straight people'

(Newser) - Gay-rights activists are urging maximum participation by their community in the first US census that will tally same-sex couples who say they're married—even those without a marriage license. For the first time, the bureau has deployed a team of professional field workers to reach out to gays and lesbians,... More »

Yes, Feds Can Get You for Dissing Census

Fine could be $5K, but it's highly unlikely they'd actually try

(Newser) - You’ve likely gotten your Census forms from the federal government, and maybe they’re already under a pile of other stuff (or worse). Ignore filling them out at your own peril, Ted Rose writes for Slate —though it’s an extremely limited peril. The feds can fine you... More »

Unemployed Professionals Vie for Census Jobs

Applicant pool for 2010 temp jobs is unusually qualified

(Newser) - For the Census Bureau, the recession is good news: With unemployment near 10%, professionals with advanced degrees are applying for temporary census jobs in droves. The bureau will hire at least 700,000 people in the spring and summer to make house calls on census laggards and perform organizational tasks.... More »

Nostalgia Rules in Super Bowl Ads

From Betty White to Stevie Wonder, these ads bank on the familiar

(Newser) - Yes, there were still the requisite ads using slapstick violence to get a laugh, or objectifying women—but the reigning theme of this year's Super Bowl commercials was nostalgia. Thanks to the economy, many advertisers used familiar faces to pitch products, writes Stuart Elliott in the New York Times . A... More »

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