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America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers

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Low-Income Renters Spent Larger Share of Income on Rent in 2021
The percentage of household income spent on rent plus utilities increased from 2019 to 2021 and renters with the lowest annual income saw the largest spikes.
Families and Living Arrangements
Number of Same-Sex Couple Households Exceeded 1 Million in 2021
Compare demographic and economic characteristics of U.S. same-sex and opposite-sex couple households in new Census Bureau table package and graphics.
Families and Living Arrangements
Cenar en familia es más común para los hispanos y los inmigrantes
Nuevos datos muestran que los padres hispanos y padres inmigrantes cenan más frecuentemente con sus hijos que los padres no hispanos y los nacidos en EE. UU.
Families and Living Arrangements
Family Dinner Routine More Common in Hispanic and Immigrant Families
New data show that Hispanic and immigrant parents are more likely to share frequent meals with their children than non-Hispanic and native-born counterparts.
Families and Living Arrangements
How Marital Status and Children Affect Social Safety Net Participation
An updated interactive data tool allows users to explore household composition and expanded age categories of those who received government benefits in 2020.
National Archives Releases 1950 Census Records
Decennial Census records are available to the public for free through the National Archives 72 years after each census is taken.
Families Saw Less Economic Hardship as Child Tax Credit Payments Came
Household Pulse Survey collected responses just before and just after the arrival of the first CTC checks.
Income and Poverty
Many American Households Use Stimulus Payments to Pay Down Debt
Millions of Americans are poised to receive a third stimulus check, one of the benefits of the American Rescue Plan Act. Many have used stimulus to pay debt.
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