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Controversial Change Is Coming to 2020 Census

It will ask about citizenship for first time since 1950

(Newser) - Advocates say the change is simple common sense—but critics say it doesn't make a lot of sense to hold a census that won't accurately count the population. The Commerce Department has confirmed that the 2020 census will include a question about citizenship, a move that opponents warn... More »

15 Most Common US Surnames May Surprise You

6 of top 15 are traditionally Hispanic

(Newser) - You're almost as likely to come upon someone with the last name "Garcia," "Rodriguez," or "Lopez" as you are to find someone with the surname "Jones." That's according to 2010 Census data released Thursday, which shows six of the 15 most... More »

1 in 5 American Kids on Food Stamps

Which is a huge jump over 2007's numbers

(Newser) - There are roughly 73.7 million kids running around America, and about 16 million, or nearly one in five, of them are doing so fueled by food stamps, according to US Census data out yesterday. That number is particularly alarming when compared to pre-recession levels: In 2007, some 9 million,... More »

In Census, 2.5M Hispanics Change Race to White

Shift follows pattern of Irish, Italian immigrants

(Newser) - The racial make-up of America is changing—even among individual Americans. Census forms reveal that a larger proportion of Americans of Hispanic origin are declaring themselves to be white, for a net shift of 1.2 million between 2000 and 2010, the New York Times finds. Some 2.5 million... 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 »

White Deaths Outnumbered White Births Last Year

By 12,400, according to Census Bureau

(Newser) - It was expected to become an official stat by the end of this decade: a year in which the number of deaths of non-Hispanic whites was greater than the number of births in the group. But Census Bureau estimates out today reveal that things are running ahead of schedule. Between... More »

Whites No Longer Majority by 2043

By 2060, 57% of US will be non-white

(Newser) - By 2043, white people will cease to be the majority in the US, Census data suggests; at that point, there will be no single ethnic majority. That's actually a year later than had been predicted, the New York Times notes. With a still-higher birthrate among minorities than among whites,... More »

Economy Has Hit Bottom, Census Suggests

On the bright side, there's nowhere to go but up, census suggests

(Newser) - Are you a glass-half-full or a glass-half-empty type? Because that will have a lot to do with how you read the American Community Survey, a compilation of 2011 Census data and unofficial figures from the first quarter of 2012 giving us a glimpse at the US economy. With that much... More »

1940 Census Site Crashed By Curious

New data dump proves too popular for its own good with 22.5 million hits

(Newser) - The National Archives wasn't prepared for just how many people would be clamoring to check out its newly released trove of detailed data from the 1940 census . Hordes of curious browsers flooded the site within minutes of its launch yesterday, overwhelming the servers and leaving it essentially unusable, the... More »

Great Depression Data Goldmine to Finally Go Public

1940 census to be released after 72 year of privacy protection

(Newser) - After 72 years of privacy protection lapses, intimate details of 132 million people who lived through the 1930s will be disclosed as the US government releases the 1940 census on April 2 to the public for the first time. Access to the records will be free and open to anyone... More »

Nearly Half of Americans Are Poor, Low-Income

New metric includes living costs

(Newser) - Nearly 1 in 2 Americans are living either below the poverty level or within a stone's throw of it, according to a new Census metric designed to give a more complete view of poverty. According to the latest data, 49.1 million Americans are below the poverty line, and... More »

1 in 3 Americans Poor or 'Near Poor'

Census figures show spike in people just getting by: New York Times

(Newser) - More bleak census numbers: About 100 million Americans, or 1 in 3, are either living in poverty or not too far above the official level, reports the New York Times . Specifically, 51 million people have incomes less than 50% above the poverty line, and this group described by the newspaper... More »

Just How Bad Is Income Inequality in Your Nabe?

2010 Census data has been logged, graphed, and posted

(Newser) - Do you want to know just how unequal your neighborhood is? Now you can gauge that income inequality, because 2010 census data from the 818 largest counties around the United States has been logged, graphed, and posted in a handy chart on Pro Publica . On the most unequal side, you... More »

1 in 5 Same-Sex US Couples Married

Census data shows more gay couples willing to identify themselves

(Newser) - Between the 2000 census and the 2010 census, the number of same-sex couples increased a whopping 80%—showing, demographers say, that gay couples are increasingly willing to identify themselves. And of the US’ 646,000 same-sex couples, one in five say they are married. Those 646,000 couples, who make... More »

Nearly 1 in 6 in US Lives in Poverty

In 2010, 15.1% lived below poverty line: US census data

(Newser) - Unsettling news from the US Census Bureau: Nearly one in six people lived in poverty last year. About 46.2 million people, or 15.1%, were below the poverty line, compared to 43.6 million, or 14.3%, in 2009, the AP reports. CNN adds that the poverty rate was... More »

Minorities Now Majority in 8 Metro Areas

One demographer calls the change 'pivotal'

(Newser) - In eight metropolitan areas including Washington, DC, New York, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Memphis, minorities now make up the majority of the population, according to census data. Over the past decade, non-Hispanic whites have become the minority in 22 of the 100 largest urban areas in the US, the... More »

Rural Share of US Population Hits Record Low

84% of Americans now live in cities or suburbs

(Newser) - Small-town and rural America is fading away as the US becomes a nation of suburbanites and city dwellers, according to the latest census figures. The share of Americans who live in rural areas—including towns with fewer than 50,000 people that are out of commuting range of metropolitan areas—... More »

Wealth Gap Between Whites, Minorities Widest in 25 Years

Census data show ratio is 20 to 1 between whites, blacks

(Newser) - Thanks to the recession, the wealth gap between whites and minorities is at its widest level in 25 years. Census data show that the median wealth of white US households was $113,149 in 2009: That's 20 times that of black households ($5,677) and 18 times that of... More »

Number of Black Kids Plunges in US' Biggest Cities

And mostly because families are heading to the suburbs

(Newser) - Call it "black flight:" The number of black children living in the US' biggest cities has plummeted over the last decade, reports the AP . New York City lost 22.4% of its black, non-Hispanic kids, while Los Angeles lost 31.8%, Detroit 37.6%, and a whopping 42.... More »

White Babies Now a Minority in US

Minority infants now the majority: preliminary census data

(Newser) - Minority babies now outnumber white infants in the US, preliminary Census estimates show, a finding that indicates racial and ethnic minorities will become the nation's majority by the middle of the century. Just under half of all children under 3 are non-Hispanic whites, down from more than 60% in... More »

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