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America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers

We feature stories on various topics such as families, housing, employment, business, education, the economy, emergency management, and population.


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Both in Gay Partnerships More Likely to Work than Opposite-Sex Ones
The American Community Survey shows the impact of age, children and marital status on the employment of same-sex couples compared to opposite-sex couples.
Business and Economy
Shopping Trends in 2020
A look at brick-and-mortar stores, e-commerce sales, small businesses and retail shopping overall during a year of challenges.
New Single-Family Homes Sold Not as Large as They Used to Be
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Characteristics of New Housing provides details from house size and number of bedrooms and bathrooms to wall types and sales prices.
How Older Workers With a Disability Navigate Commutes
A new U.S. Census Bureau report focuses on commuting behaviors of older workers, including those with disabilities.
Census Shares Population Estimates for Evaluation of Upcoming Results
Demographic Analysis uses current and historical vital records, international migration data and Medicare records...
Changes in America’s Demographic Landscape in Distinct 5-Year Periods
Today, the U.S. Census Bureau releases the 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-year estimates on over 40 topics for smaller geographies and population groups.
Demographic Analysis Shows Population Estimates as of April 1, 2020
Independent estimates will help assess the accuracy of the 2020 Census. Demographic Analysis uses vital and Medicare records and international migration data.
Families and Living Arrangements
U.S. Marriage and Divorce Rates Declined in Last 10 Years
Interactive data tool allows you to compare marriage and divorce rates across states for 2009 and 2019.
New Census Bureau Resources for Distance Learning
The Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools program provides free online activities and resources to enhance student engagement in distance learning.
Can Data and Tech Help Solve Environmental Issues?
The Census Bureau's Opportunity Project celebrates its fifth anniversary with four tech development sprints to create solutions to environmental...
Business and Economy
Share of Online Retail Sales Soaring
The Census Bureau publishes data products that measure the changing retail economic landscape from brick-and-mortar stores to e-commerce.
Giving Thanks for Families in 2020
U.S. Census Bureau statistics show the changing American family, from traditional couples to same-sex parents and grandparents living with their grandchildren.
Business and Economy
Manufacturing Faces a Labor Shortage as Workforce Ages
Nearly one-fourth of the manufacturing workforce is age 55 or older and retaining and attracting workers is a challenge.
Families and Living Arrangements
Gaps in the Wealth of Americans by Household Type in 2017
The recently released Survey of Income Program Participation shows household wealth gaps. Home equity and retirement accounts make up 61.7% of household wealth.
Post-9/11 Veterans More Likely Than Nonveterans to be Employed
A new Census Bureau report reveals how the employment of post-9/11 veterans differs from that of those who never served in the armed forces.
Business and Economy
2017 Economic Census Data Breaks Out Industry Growth, Changes By State
State and local data from the Census Bureau’s 2017 Economic Census provide insight into the businesses that are vital to our economy.
Health Care Still Largest U.S. Employer
The 2018 County Business Patterns show that health care employs the most but Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services saw the largest payroll increase.
The 2019 Annual Survey of Public Employment and Payroll Is Out
The Annual Survey of Public Employment and Payroll shows the largest government employment categories: education, hospitals, and police protection.
What Recent Elections Tell Us About the American Voter Today
In the last presidential election, 70% of the voting-eligible population registered to vote and 61% voted. Almost 9 in 10 registered voters cast a ballot.
Business and Economy
Manufacturing Still Among Top Five U.S. Employers
Held annually on the first Friday in October, Manufacturing Day showcases the contributions of a key economic sector.
Gay Married Couples More Likely in Labor Force Than Heterosexual Ones
New 2019 American Community Survey data show labor force participation and work status characteristics were different for same- and opposite-sex married people.
Business and Economy
RVs: A Way to See America From the Safety of Your Own “Home”
Americans embrace recreational vehicles as sales have grown steadily for years.
Income and Poverty
Children in Poverty Less Likely to Engage in Sports, Gifted Programs
New U.S. Census Bureau survey highlights the impact that poverty has on school-aged children’s involvement in extracurricular activities.
Families and Living Arrangements
Fifteen Percent of Same-Sex Couples Have Children in Their Household
Male same-sex couples are more likely to adopt children than female same-sex couples.
Income and Poverty
Gay Married Couples Have Higher Income than Heterosexual Married Ones
The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey releases data on income and poverty levels of same-sex couples.
Income and Poverty
More Young Adults Lived with Their Parents in 2019
Poverty rates of people ages 25 to 34 living with their parents remained stable at 5.3%, lower than the U.S. poverty rate of 10.5%.
Income and Poverty
Poverty Rates for Blacks and Hispanics Reached Historic Lows in 2019
Black and Hispanic poverty rates reached historic lows of 18.8% and 15.7% respectively in 2019 but inequalities persist.
Income and Poverty
Was Household Income the Highest Ever in 2019?
Data collection challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic may have pushed income estimates higher.
Families and Living Arrangements
Homebodies: More Than a Third of Married Couples Live in State Where Both Were Born
New interactive data visualization allows you to analyze trends in married couples’ birthplace, all the way back to 1900.
A Profile of the Retail Workforce
The nation’s 9.8 million retail workers accounted for 6.3% of the U.S. labor force.
Business and Economy
Food Trucks: One Way to Eat Out During Pandemic
The food truck industry by its very nature is able to operate despite social distancing rules and no-indoor seating orders for restaurants during COVID-19.
Families and Living Arrangements
Young Adults Most Likely to Change Living Arrangements
Newly released U.S. Census Bureau survey data highlight transitions in living arrangements by age and nativity.
Promoting 2020 Census Participation in a Pandemic
The U.S. Census Bureau and its partners find creative ways to promote 2020 Census in the face of stay-at-home orders and businesses shuttered by COVID-19.
Gulf Coast Businesses in the Path of Hurricane Laura
Population impacted by Hurricane Laura is of concern to emergency managers but so are more than 200,000 businesses in coastline areas in Louisiana and Texas.
Schooling During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey shows that nearly 93% of households with school-age children reported engaging in “distance learning” from home.
Business and Economy
Census Bureau Launches Phase 2 Small Business Pulse Survey
New topics are covered in Phase 2 of the survey, from the change in the number of hours employees work from home to the rehiring of workers.


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