U.S. Census

Why the 2020 Census Matters for Rural Americans

COMMENTARY | People living in rural and small town America in particular have much at stake in the 2020 census. Unfortunately, census participation tends to be lower in rural areas.

Watchdog Warns Census 'Short on Time' While Using Untested New Methods

The 2020 Census will for the first time allow respondents to answer surveys online, but the Census Bureau hasn’t been able to test to ensure all new innovative methods will function correctly when deployed, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Trump Opts for Federal Records Analysis Over Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

The decision ends weeks of turmoil over the census matter, with the president ordering government agencies to turn over records to the Department of Commerce that will enable the agency to count the number of non-citizens in the United States.

Trump Administration Will Print Census Forms Without Citizenship Question

The decision follows a Supreme Court ruling that rejected the administration’s justification for adding a question about citizenship status to the once-a-decade survey.

Supreme Court Rejects ‘Contrived’ Defense of Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

The high court’s ruling called into question the Trump administration's justification for including the citizenship question but does not preclude the administration from asking residents whether or not they are citizens.

America is Aging and Growing More Diverse, Census Data Shows

“More than four out of every five counties were older in 2018 than in 2010," said one Census Bureau official about new population estimates.

Where a Census Undercount Will Hurt (or Help) Most

A 2020 Census that favors white and Republican-leaning districts—and undercounts younger, lower income, and black and Hispanic residents—seems ever more likely.

It’s Not Just the Citizenship Question—the Digital Divide Could Hurt the Count of Latinos by the Census

Fear of government, a question about citizenship, and uncertain internet connections have created the perfect storm for an undercount of the Latino population, a new report argues.

Figuring Out Exactly Where Hard-to-Count People Live

In New York, California and other states, officials are focused on how to ensure the U.S. Census counts everybody. That means investing money and conducting research to identify where to spend it.

What the Supreme Court Said About the 2020 Census Citizenship Question

In oral arguments, conservative justices asked about data science, while liberals asked what the citizenship question was really for.

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An influx of immigrants prevented or significantly softened population loss last year in more than 1 in 5 U.S. counties. Immigration either prevented population decline or cut it by at least 10% in those areas.

The Exhausting Ordeal of the Census Bureau’s Top Scientist

Litigation over adding a citizenship question gave voice to data expert John Abowd. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday about whether to include the question on the 2020 census.

A Supreme Court Case That Will Affect Every Aspect of National Life

COMMENTARY | Can the federal census form ask whether each member of a household is a U.S. citizen?

Southern, Western Counties Growing Fastest, Census Says

Four of the top 10 fastest-growing counties are in Texas, according to new population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Some Muslim Immigrants Distrust Census in Trump Era

Arabic-speaking immigrants are wary of answering questions from government employees, including census workers, focus groups have found.

Census Officials Say They’re Ready, With or Without Citizenship Question

A year out, preparations are on track to allow responses online, by phone or on paper.

The Census Kicks Off in Exactly One Year: How to Ensure an Accurate Count

COMMENTARY | Local and state governments should take steps now so that next year's count reflects everybody in a region.

The Persistent Employment Gap Among Disabled Americans

Employment levels for Americans with disabilities lag behind those of people without disabilities, research shows.

How the Census Will Reach Urban Millennials

Mailing a paper form and then following up with a house visit just won't work for everybody. State and local governments are trying to help figure out how to reach people in danger of being undercounted.