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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 Just Had Its Largest Population Gain in 5 Years

Southern states dominated 2023 gains

(Newser) - South Carolina and Florida were the two fastest-growing states in the US as the South dominated population gains in 2023, and the US growth rate ticked upward slightly from the depths of the pandemic due to a drop in deaths, according to estimates released Tuesday by the US Census Bureau...

Detroit Sues Census Bureau: Data Is 'Divorced From Reality'

City says agency is undercounting its residents

(Newser) - Detroit sued the US Census Bureau on Tuesday over population estimates from last year that show the city lost an additional 7,100 residents, opening another front against the agency in a battle over how its people have been counted in the past two years. Mayor Mike Duggan told reporters...

After 72 Years, 1950 Census Data Is Now Public

It's a gold mine for genealogists

(Newser) - An amazing snapshot of America in 1950 is now online. The year's census records were released Friday in an event that Matt Menashes, executive director of the National Genealogical Society, likens to the "Super Bowl and the Olympics combined" for researchers, the New York Times reports. The records,...

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...

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...

Judge Formally Bans Citizenship Question From 2020 Census

Dispute is over, for now

(Newser) - A judge formally banned the citizenship question from the 2020 census Tuesday, days after President Trump announced his administration would no longer seek to add it. Judge Jesse Furman signed an order Tuesday after New York State Attorney General Letitia James and the American Civil Liberties Union told him in...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

1 in 4 Americans Lives Alone
 1 in 4 Americans Lives Alone 
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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...

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...

Whites to Lose Majority Status in 2043
 Whites No Longer 
 Majority by 2043 
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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,...

Economy Has Hit Bottom, Census Suggests
 Economy Has 
 Hit Bottom, 
 Census Suggests 
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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...

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...

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...

Nearly Half of Americans Are Poor, Low-Income
Nearly Half of Americans
Are Poor, Low-Income

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...

1 in 3 Americans Poor or 'Near Poor'
1 in 3 Americans
Poor or 'Near Poor'

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...

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