2010 census

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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 »

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 »

For Weiner's Seat: How About His Wife?

Huma Abedin's got the 'expertise'—and the 'moral high ground'

(Newser) - Who better to take over Anthony Weiner’s congressional seat than the wife he betrayed? As a top aide to Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin is a political force, writes Ann Friedman for Good : Time last year called her a “rising star of American politics.” What’s more, she’... More »

Americans Having Fewer Kids

Households with dogs outnumber those with kids

(Newser) - Maybe we should call this the Baby Bust. Census data indicates that America’s love affair with children is waning, with the percentage of the population that’s under age 18 falling in 95% of counties between 2000 and 2010, USA Today reports. There are now more households with dogs... More »

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 »

Deployed Soldiers Cost N. Carolina a Congress Seat

But they will return to North Carolina, guv's rep points out

(Newser) - During last year's Census, more than 40,000 troops were deployed from North Carolina's military bases—but because only 12,200 of them listed North Carolina as their home state, the state lost out on a congressional seat. That's because, though the Census usually counts the troops' current base as... More »

Divorce Soars in Rural America

Families look very different amid shift in values

(Newser) - An Iowa county’s divorce rate today is almost seven times what it was in the 1970s, and it’s symptomatic of a wide-ranging trend: For the first time in history, rural Americans are as likely as urbanites to be divorced, the New York Times finds in a look at... More »

Detroit's Population in Freefall

One of the largest drops ever for a major American city

(Newser) - Detroit is not just a city in decline, it's a city in free-fall: Its population dropped 25% over the past 10 years, census data show, losing a staggering 237,500 people. The number of people in the city last year, 713,777, is the lowest since 1910; Detroit's population loss... 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 »

Chicago's Population Dips Below 1920 Level

People are leaving for suburbs, Southern US

(Newser) - Chicago's population fell 6.9% during the decade that ended in 2010, leaving it with fewer people than lived there in 1920. The US Census Bureau reports a population of 2,695,598 people, just under the 2.7 million that were reported nearly a century ago, the Wall Street ... More »

New Orleans Population Shrinks 29%

Post-Katrina drop higher than expected

(Newser) - New Orleans' population has far from rebounded from Hurricane Katrina and it's now a much smaller city that it was a decade ago, according to newly released data from the 2010 census. The city's population now stands at 343,829, down 29% from 2000. The black population has shrunk at... More »

Gay Parents Most Common in ...the South?

Communities, churches grow more welcoming

(Newser) - The South may not have a reputation as a welcoming bastion of homosexuality, but according to recent census data, it’s home to America’s largest concentration of gay parents, a demographer tells the New York Times . Of course, that might actually be in part because of the region’s... More »

States That Gained or Lost House Seats in Census

Texas is big winner (4), while New York and Ohio lose 2 each

(Newser) - Here's a look at the states that will either gain or lose seats in the House based on the new Census results , from the Wall Street Journal :
  • Gainers: Texas, 4; Florida, 2; and six states with 1: Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington.
  • Losers: New York and Ohio
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US Population at 308M, South Fastest-Growing Region

Overall growth is slowest since Great Depression

(Newser) - Drumroll, please: The final tally is in, and the total US population is 308,745,538, the 2010 census finds. The South’s population has grown the fastest in the US since 2000, at 14.3%; the West was the runner-up, growing 13.8%. But overall, the population has expanded... 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 »

Gerrymandering Fight Is Going to Get Ugly

Democrats won't sit idle as Republicans redraw maps

(Newser) - Tuesday’s victories might allow Republicans to gerrymander their way to a decade of House dominance. Republicans now hold more state legislature seats than at any time since the Great Depression, giving them the power to redraw at least 195 districts next year, writes John Fund in the Wall Street ... More »

ACORN 'Pimp' Takes on Census

'Sting' reveals workers left early

(Newser) - James O'Keefe is back, with a new video purporting to show “fraud” within the US Census—but the footage is a just a wee bit less scintillating than the ACORN “fake pimp” videos that made him famous. O'Keefe's signed up to work for the Census and discovered that—... More »

Tea Party's Census Rebellion 'Is a Bust'

Conservatives seem to have ignored the plea to boycott

(Newser) - The Tea Party may just be a "paper tiger," writes Dana Milbank. Leaders such as Michele Bachmann, Glenn Beck, and Ron Paul called for a boycott of the 2010 census—and it looks like nobody listened. Milbank asked number crunchers at the Washington Post to do some digging... More »

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