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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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Happy New Year 2022!
The United States is the third-most populous country in the world, behind China and India, but may drop to fourth behind Nigeria in the 2040s.
Who Are the Adults Not Vaccinated Against COVID?
About 15% of U.S. adults are not vaccinated against COVID and the Household Pulse Survey shows the reasons why.
Net International Migration at Lowest Levels in Decades
Travel restrictions during the pandemic had a significant impact on international migration, according to July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 estimates out today.
Net Outmigration from Puerto Rico Slows During Pandemic
The U.S. Census Bureau is now using flight data to more accurately measure migration flows in and out of Puerto Rico.
Population Grew 0.1% in 2021, Slowest Rate Since America’s Founding
With the exception of the last few years, the U.S. population has not grown at such a slow rate since 1918, during the influenza pandemic and World War I.
Business and Economy
Don’t Turn the Page on Bookstores
The nation’s 6,045 bookstores are still thriving, serving the needs of students and holiday shoppers looking for that perfect gift.
Families and Living Arrangements
No Kids, No Care? Childlessness Among Older Americans
New Census Bureau report details demographic, economic and household characteristics of childless older adult population compared to older biological parents.
Got a Problem? Census TOP Summit May Have an App or Tool to Solve It
TOP Summit will display tools designed to address COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, financial inequity and other real-world issues.
Business and Economy
Census Bureau Serves Hearty Spread of Holiday Food Industry Statistics
Data reveal the business of the holiday food industry from agriculture to manufacturing to wholesalers and retailers.
Business and Economy
Franchising is More than Just Fast Food
The 2017 Economic Census Franchise Statistics Report shows there were 498,234 franchise establishments with 9.6 million workers and $1.7 trillion in sales.
Business and Economy
Small Business Pulse Survey Reveals Price Increases by Sector
Phase 6 wrapped up October 17 and Phase 7 went into the field November 15. Will Phase 7 show that these economic trends are continuing?
Pre-COVID Early Childhood Enrollment Grew, More in Public Preschools
Before COVID-19, preschool enrollment was increasing as state funding of early education programs grew and the federal government is now proposing universal
Business and Economy
Who Are the Owners of Exporting Firms?
This Census Bureau product matches export transactions to business profiles in the Annual Business Survey.
The “Hart” of the Nation’s Population: Hartville, Missouri (Pop. 594)
The Census Bureau calculated the spot that marks the center of U.S. population based on the 2020 Census and it is in Missouri for the fifth consecutive decade.
How Do We Support America’s Veterans?
Veterans are less likely to be in poverty than non-veterans, in part because of programs that support them and their families after service.
Will Nation's Center of Population Stay in Missouri for Fifth Decade?
On Nov. 16, the U.S. Census Bureau will announce where the U.S. center of population was in 2020, a way to summarize population shifts every decade.
Census Bureau Survey Explores Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
New data visualization allows users to explore differences in characteristics and experiences during the pandemic between LGBT and non-LGBT populations.
Will Post-COVID Unemployment Insurance Be Like After Great Recession?
The share of adults who received UI reached a six-year low in 2018 during the Great Recession recovery. So far during the pandemic, UI receipt remains high.
Housing Growth Highest in Urban Cores of Fast-Growing Metros
The 2020 Census shows the nation’s housing stock increased from 2010 to 2020 but growth was uneven across the country.
First 2020 Census U.S. Island Areas Data Released Today
The first 2020 U.S. Island Areas Censuses shows that the combined population of the four U.S. Island Areas was just under 339,000 in 2020.
What Happens When Older Adults Struggle to Make Ends Meet?
The packages of needs-based assistance that some older adults rely on may indicate difficulty affording health care, food, shelter and other necessities.
Income and Poverty
Nearly a Third of Parents Spent Child Tax Credit on School Expenses
Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey shows that many parents spent the first three Child Tax Credit advance payments on child care or school expenses.
New Census Tool Provides Child Poverty Rates in All School Districts
The 2019 SAIPE School District Profiles data visualization provides demographic and economic information on more than 13,000 U.S. school districts.
Families and Living Arrangements
Measuring Impact of Child Care Subsidies on Working Moms
Census Bureau study shows receipt of child care subsidies may keep working married mothers in the labor force and lowers wage gap between spouses.
Business and Economy
Number of Businesses Grow in Metros, Shrink in Micros
There were 637,997 employer businesses in Micropolitan Statistical Areas in 2019, a 0.3% drop since 2017.
Business and Economy
Sales of Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters Grew — or Did They?
The new 2017 Economic Census Comparative Statistics and Bridge Statistics reports ensure apple-to-apple comparisons when industry classifications change.
Elementary, Secondary School Revenue, Spending Increased in Most Areas
Preliminary data show most categories of elementary and secondary school system spending increased from FY2019 to FY2020, with some exceptions due to COVID-19.
Zillow and Census Bureau Data Show Pandemic’s Impact on Housing Market
The housing market stalled in spring 2020 but rebounded by summer.
Business and Economy
Nonemployer Asian U.S. Business Owners Predominantly Foreign-Born
Most nonemployer business owners were U.S.-born but foreign-born Hispanic and Asian business owners had a large presence in some sectors.
Business and Economy
Manufacturing Remains One of the Top Five Largest Employment Sectors
This year marks the Census Bureau’s 10th anniversary celebration of Manufacturing Week beginning today and ending Friday on Manufacturing Day.
Business and Economy
Business Growth in Desert Southwest More than Twice National Average
More than 287,000 employer businesses called these counties home in 2019, up 8.5% Since 2015.
Manufacturing Industries That Make Materials to Build, Furnish a Home
The Annual Survey of Manufactures has a new interactive visualization that showcases housing-related manufacturing in America.
U.S. Births Declined During the Pandemic
Several factors affect the birth rate but the pandemic did have an impact: births declined but began to rise again in March of this year.
Families and Living Arrangements
Two-Thirds of Recent First-Time Fathers Took Time Off After Birth
For the first time, the 2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation asked both men and women about their use of parental leave.
Income and Poverty
Did Unemployment Insurance Lower Official Poverty Rates in 2020?
Expanded unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility during the pandemic lowered the overall poverty rate by 1.4 percentage points to 11.4% in 2020.
Income and Poverty
Pandemic Earnings Decline but Increase for Full-Time, Yearly Workers
How could earnings for full-time, year-round workers go up while earnings fell for all workers? There were fewer low-wage full-time, year-round workers.


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