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She Previously Marked 'White' on Census. Now, a Change

US changes race and ethnicity categories, adds one for 'Middle Eastern and North African'

(Newser) - For the first time in 27 years, the US government is changing how it categorizes people by race and ethnicity, an effort that federal officials believe will more accurately count residents who identify as Hispanic and of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) heritage. The revisions to the minimum categories...

After Backlash, Census Bureau Halts Disability Changes

Advocates say new format would have reduced numbers

(Newser) - Facing growing backlash, the Census Bureau on Tuesday paused plans to change how it asks people about disabilities in its most comprehensive survey. Disability advocates had argued that the proposed changes would artificially reduce their numbers by more than 40%, limiting the ability of people with disabilities to get vital...

Men Outnumber Women, but Only on One Coast

There are more guys in large urban counties in the West, but it's vice versa in the East

(Newser) - Anyone who suspects there are more women than men where they live, or vice versa, will find fodder for their suspicions in new data from the US Census Bureau. Whether it refutes or confirms their suspicions likely depends on where they live.
  • Women outnumber men in the largest urban counties

America Is Aging Quickly
Is Aging

America Is Aging Quickly

Share of people 65 and older surges, while the share of children declines

(Newser) - The United States grew older, faster, last decade. The share of residents 65 or older grew by more than a third from 2010 to 2020 and at the fastest rate of any decade in 130 years, while the share of children declined, according to new figures from the most recent...

US Population on Track for 'Historic' Swerve

Nation's population center is poised to move south, instead of westward

(Newser) - The US population center is on track this decade to take a southern swerve for the first time in history. Last year, the South outgrew other US regions by well over 1 million people through births outpacing deaths and domestic and international migration, according to population estimates from the US...

Here's How Much the World Grew in the Past Year

By 74M people, according to US Census Bureau

(Newser) - The world’s population is projected to be 7.8 billion people on New Year’s Day 2022, according to the US Census Bureau. That represents an increase of 74 million people, or a 0.9% growth rate from New Year’s Day 2021, the AP reports. Starting in the...

'Heart of America' Has Shifted 11.8 Miles South

Hartville, Mo., is the closest town to the middle of the US when it comes to population

(Newser) - Some people might describe Hartville, Mo., as being in the middle of nowhere, but the US Census Bureau on Tuesday announced that it's the closest town to the middle of the nation, the AP reports. The hamlet of about 600 people in the Missouri Ozarks is located about 15...

White Population in US Declines for First Time Ever
For First Time in History,
White Population Shrinks
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For First Time in History, White Population Shrinks

Census: White people now account for 57.8% of the nation, the lowest percentage in history

(Newser) - The Census Bureau is out with more stats from the 2020 count, and one big takeaway is that the white population dipped for the first time in history. All in all, the nation is “much more multiracial and much more racially and ethnically diverse than what we measured in...

New York Lost a House Seat by Insanely Small Margin
New Yorkers Get a Lesson
on Returning Census Forms
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New Yorkers Get a Lesson on Returning Census Forms

If only 89 more people had returned 2020 forms, state would not have lost a House seat

(Newser) - New census numbers released Monday show that US population growth has slowed significantly in the last decade. The numbers also confirm that the population continues to shift to the West and the South and away from the Northeast and the Midwest, notes Intelligencer . A look at some of the other...

Demographers' Warning Is Coming to Pass

US population growth at second-slowest level ever

(Newser) - US population growth has slowed to the lowest rate since the Great Depression, the Census Bureau said Monday, as Americans continued their march to the South and West and one-time engines of growth, New York and California, lost political influence. Altogether, the US population rose to 331,449,281 last...

Census Moves House Seats to Texas, Florida

Republicans to benefit right away, but possibly not in the long run

(Newser) - The nation's political center of gravity shifted farther to the Republican-led South and West on Monday, with Texas, Florida, and other Sun Belt states gaining congressional seats while chillier climes like New York and Ohio lost them. Altogether, the US population rose to 331,449,281, the Census Bureau...

Census Bureau Chief Quits Amid Heavy Criticism

Dems accuse Dillingham of politicizing the census

(Newser) - Facing criticism over efforts to produce citizenship data to comply with an order from President Trump, US Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham said Monday that he plans to resign with the change in presidential administrations. Dillingham, whose term doesn't expire until the end of 2021, said in a statement...

Census Takers Make a Big Accusation

'I felt terrible, terrible. I knew I was lying.'

(Newser) - Two census takers told the AP that their supervisors pressured them to enter false information into a computer system about homes they had not visited so they could close cases during the waning days of the once-a-decade national headcount. Maria Arce said her supervisor in Massachusetts offered step-by-step instructions in...

Supreme Court Halts Census
Supreme Court Halts Census

Supreme Court Halts Census

Top court grants administration's emergency request

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has granted the White House's emergency request for the Census Bureau to stop counting Americans. The Trump administration filed the request with the top court after a federal appeals court refused to suspend an order from a lower court preventing the 2020 census from finishing a...

White House Takes Census Fight to Supreme Court

Trump administration asks high court to let it stop the 2020 count

(Newser) - The ongoing census battle has reached the highest court in the land. After a federal judge ordered the 2020 census to continue through the end of October and a US appeals court on Wednesday refused to reverse that ruling, the Trump administration that same day filed an emergency request with...

Judge Stops Census From Finishing Early

Federal judge says count must go on

(Newser) - A federal judge has stopped the 2020 census from finishing at the end of September and ordered the once-a-decade head count of every US resident to continue for another month through the end of October, saying a shortened schedule likely would produce inaccurate results. US District Judge Lucy Koh in...

Judges Don't Buy Attempt by Trump to Not Count Everyone

President's plan would exclude undocumented immigrants when dividing House seats

(Newser) - President Trump's order to not count undocumented immigrants when deciding how to allocate US House seats was blocked Thursday. Lawsuits had been filed challenging Trump's order, but a three-judge panel in New York said the plan is so clearly illegal that there's no need for a trial,...

Census Cuts Itself Short, Many Fear 'Massive Undercount'

Census Bureau reportedly ending door-knocking efforts earlier than expected amid WH pressure

(Newser) - About 40% of US homes haven't responded to census questionnaires for this year's mandated count, so the Census Bureau has started sending out door knockers. But those efforts may be cut short, amid an apparent push by the bureau to wrap things up much earlier than expected—a...

Trump Takes Another Shot at Restricting Census Count
Trump Makes Another
Big Census Move

Trump Makes Another Big Census Move

Orders undocumented immigrants to be excluded when determining congressional representation

(Newser) - President Trump, apparently undaunted by the failure of last year's effort to add a citizenship question to the census, is taking another shot at narrowing its definition of "persons." In a memo issued Tuesday, Trump called for undocumented immigrants to be excluded from the count when determining...

Displacement During Pandemic Is Complicating the Count

Plans after the outbreak affect answer on census form

(Newser) - It's not meant to be a trick question, but many filling out their 2020 US census form struggle to answer: How many people were staying at your home on April 1? The pandemic has fostered sudden dislocation, making a typically easy question confusing, the AP reports. Some people living...

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