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America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers

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Happy New Year to 330,222,422 People in the United States
The U.S. Census Bureau projects U.S. and world populations on Jan. 1, 2020.
Net International Migration Slated to Dip to Lowest Levels This Decade
New estimates show that international migration added 595,000 to the U.S. population between 2018 and 2019, down from a high of 1,047,000 between 2015 and 2016.
New Estimates Show U.S. Population Growth Continues to Slow
Estimates out today show U.S. population grew 0.5% to 328.2 million from July 2018 to July 2019. The nation is still growing but at a slower rate since 2015.
It’s a Wrap: Census Year In Review
The U.S. Census Bureau released hundreds of surveys, reports, data tools and visualizations while it prepared for the once-in-a-decade census.
Counting People in Rural and Remote Locations
The U.S. Census Bureau takes a number of measures to count people living in rural and remote areas during the 2020 Census.
The Up Side of Divorce?
Laws that make it easier to divorce can have unexpected positive ripple effects on society and the economy.
In our newest partner Q&A, Arizona’s Maricopa Association of Governments shares how it is preparing for the 2020 Census count.
By 2030, All Baby Boomers Will Be Age 65 or Older
The 2020 Census will provide the most up-to-date information on the wave of an estimated 73 million aging baby boomers to policymakers.
2020 Census Count Guides Funding of New Roads and Bridges
Billions of dollars in federal funds are spent annually on critical transportation services. The 2020 Census may help decide...
School Enrollment: College Down, Graduate School Up
Two-year colleges saw the biggest percentage drop while enrollment in graduate and professional schools increased by 307,000.
Income and Poverty
Supplemental Poverty Measure Shows State-Level Impact of Food Stamps
A recent report shows that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program reduced poverty by just over 1 percentage point on average from 2016 to 2018.
Fun Facts About Thanksgiving From Turkey, Texas, to Pilgrim, Mich.
As families across the United States come together to celebrate Thanksgiving next Thursday, we look at this holiday through U.S. Census Bureau statistics.
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For First Time, Same-Sex Couples in Current Population Survey Tables
U.S. Census Bureau now shows same-sex couples in its annual America’s Families and Living Arrangements table package, reflecting growing family diversity.
Big Push to Count Every Newborn and Young Child in 2020 Census
Children under 5 are one of the largest undercounted groups in the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau is making a concerted effort to count all children.
State-by-State Health Insurance Coverage in 2018
American Community Survey data shows the percentage of people covered by public health plans up in 11 states and down in two.
The Two Extremes of Fatherhood
"Solo" dads and "absent" dads are not as different from each other as they might seem.
A Decade After the Recession, Housing Costs Ease for Homeowners
More homeowners are spending a smaller share of their income on housing, but the burden has not changed for renters.
Are There Special Districts in Your Hometown?
The U.S. Census Bureau this year released the 2017 Census of Governments-Organization component, an official tally of every type of local government in the U.S.
Income and Poverty
Supplemental Poverty Measure Shows State-Level Impact of Food Stamps
Report released today shows that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program reduced poverty by just over 1 percentage point on average from 2016 to 2018.
2020 Census Recruitment Campaign Kicks Off Today
The Census Bureau needs to hire about 500,000 census takers across the country in 2020. Peak recruiting efforts start now.
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Older Population in Rural America
A new report shows that more than 1 in 5 older Americans live in rural parts of the country.
Business and Economy
Effects of Economic Downturn on Private and Public Employment
Private industry employment dipped more but rebounded quicker, surpassing pre-recession levels. Public sector employment still has not fully recovered.
Business and Economy
Can Census Bureau Data Drive Business Growth and Job Creation?
Knowing who your customers and competitors are can make or break a business. Census Bureau data can help.
Key Player in Disaster Response: The U.S. Census Bureau
Community planners rely on census statistics to prepare evacuation plans and supply distribution after natural disasters and...
New Data From Around the Globe in HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base
Census Bureau’s database now houses 205 unique sources of data from around the world.
Fighting Fires With Data
New Orleans Fire Department uses Census Bureau data to identify homes without smoke detectors- and gives out free ones where most needed.
Smartphones, Online Responses Among Census Technological Innovations
In recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we offer a Q&A with U.S. Census Bureau Chief Information Officer Kevin Smith.
Business and Economy
What Drives Productivity Growth?
The Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics teamed up to create Dispersion Statistics on Productivity, to measure productivity and economic performance.
Business and Economy
Manufacturing Day: Recognizing the Sector’s Impact on the U.S. Economy
Census Bureau shares a wealth of manufacturing data to celebrate the contributions of this vital economic sector on Manufacturing Day this Friday.
More Puerto Ricans Move to Mainland United States, Poverty Declines
Migration from Puerto Rico to the mainland United States increased by 36.9% between 2017 and 2018. Poverty in Puerto Rico decreased by 1.3 percentage points.
Income and Poverty
Percentage of People in Poverty Dropped for the Fifth Consecutive Year
The 1-year American Community Survey estimates show declines in poverty in 14 states and Puerto Rico and in seven of the 25 most...
Income and Poverty
U.S. Median Household Income Up in 2018 From 2017
The 2018 American Community Survey shows median household income increased in 14 states and 10 of the...
Unmarried Partners More Diverse Than 20 Years Ago
A new U.S. Census Bureau study finds that unmarried partners have become older, more racially diverse, more educated and more likely to earn a higher wage.
Business and Economy
Who Knew? 2017 Economic Census Data Released Over 18 Months
Wondering what will be included in the 2017 Economic Census First Look? And how detailed will it get? Listen to this podcast and get the answer.
Where Same-Sex Couples Live
Just over half of same-sex couple households in the United States are female, but male same-sex households are more common in large cities.
Constitution Day and the Census
Sept. 17 is a reminder that the Founding Fathers suggested most of the original census questions and devised how the count determines political representation.


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