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As Officials Prep 2 Versions of Census, Trump Tweets Angrily

It will be 'meaningless' without citizenship question, POTUS says

(Newser) - One year out from the start of the 2020 census, Census Bureau officials set out Monday to demonstrate the importance of the head count for all Americans. President Trump offered a different message, saying the count will be "meaningless" if it doesn't include a citizenship question, the AP... More »

Turns Out Census Data Isn't That Safe

Internal Census Bureau team finds a vulnerability

(Newser) - An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from obscured data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency official disclosed Saturday. The age, gender, location, race, and ethnicity for 138... More »

Supreme Court Will Quickly Decide Census Question

Justices will decide by June whether citizenship query can be included

(Newser) - "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" The Supreme Court said Friday it would decide whether that politically volatile question can be added to the 2020 census, reports NPR . The court scheduled arguments for April in order to have a decision before census forms get printed in... More »

Judge Blocks White House From Adding Census Question

But issue of citizenship is likely headed to Supreme Court

(Newser) - A federal judge in New York has barred the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. US District Judge Jesse Furman said Tuesday that while such a question would be constitutional, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had added it arbitrarily and not followed proper procedure, per... More »

5 Richest Counties in US Have Something in Common

They're all around Washington, DC

(Newser) - New numbers from the US census show that the median household income for counties around the nation is $57,652, reports US News & World Report . Some counties, however, do far better than others. Witness the top five, which share a common trait: They're all around the DC area:... More »

17 States, 6 Cities, and DC Sue Over Census Change

'It's unlawful. It's unfair'

(Newser) - Seventeen states, the District of Columbia, and six cities sued the US government Tuesday, saying the addition of a citizenship question to the census form is unconstitutional, the AP reports. Federal funding and congressional representation are at stake in the dispute over the Trump administration's move to reinstate the... More »

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 »

Comey Wasn't Most Important Government Loss This Week

John Thompson, director of the US Census Bureau, resigned Tuesday

(Newser) - The federal government learned it was losing an important figure this week. No, not James Comey, but the director of the US Census Bureau. The resignation announcement of John Thompson was overshadowed by Comey's firing, but Wired argues there's good reason to care about it. A former Census... 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 »

10 Most Dangerous Cities in US

St. Louis is No. 1

(Newser) - The Census Bureau reported Monday that incidents of violent crime—and murders in particular—were up around the US, but which cities are worst? Here are the top 10, on a per-capita basis, via 24/7 Wall Street .
  1. St. Louis, Missouri: 1,817 violent crimes per 100,000 people, with 188
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10 US States Are More Than 90% White

New England claims 3 of them

(Newser) - What do Iowa, Montana, and West Virginia have in common? White people, and lots of them. According to Census data, these states are among the top 10 "whitest," ABC News reports. New England comes in first with three states in which at least 96% of the population is... More »

'Unprecedented' Demographic Shift Is Coming

The old will soon outnumber the young

(Newser) - In just a few years, people 65 and older around the world will begin to outnumber kids under the age of 5—"a mind-blowing demographic situation that will be a first in human history," Business Insider reports. That's the finding of a recently released US Census Bureau... More »

8 US Cities Losing the Most People

El Paso is doing the worst

(Newser) - Bloomberg crunched census data to figure out which American cities are losing the most residents, and it turns out that El Paso, Texas, is faring the worst. "A lot of young, reasonably educated people are having a hard time finding work there," says a public policy professor... 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 »

Empire Falls: Florida Now More Populous Than NY

New Yorkers can now chant 'We're No. 4! We're No. 4!'

(Newser) - The state known as America's Waiting Room is moving up in the ranks: According to Census data, Florida has officially deposed New York to become the third most populous state in the union, reports the Washington Post . The Sunshine State is now home to 19.9 million residents, compared... More »

America Is Full of 23-Year-Olds

Last year, that age group (then 22) overtook boomers

(Newser) - The New York Times takes note of a demographic milestone in the US: Twenty-somethings have overtaken the baby boomers. Last year, the largest single age group in the country was 22-year-olds, followed by 23- and 21-year-olds. Boomers finally showed up in fourth place, represented by 53-year-olds. In fact, people in... More »

As Economy Improves, More Americans Pack Up and Move

Increasingly older people, many headed to Florida, new Census data finds

(Newser) - In search of greener pastures? You're not alone: More than 7 million Americans moved state last year, the highest number in four year. But it isn't just young folks seeking out new horizons, reports the Wall Street Journal , middle-aged and older Americans are increasingly the ones relocating long-distances.... 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 »

'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 »

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