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


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How Did CARES Act Funding Impact State Revenues, Spending?
The 2020 Annual Survey of State Government Finances captures only three months of the CARES Act funding to state governments but it already shows major impacts.
Exploring Census Data Made Easy
The new Census Survey Explorer provides a quick and comprehensive list of surveys by topic, geography and frequency.
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Novice Data Users: Help Is on the Way
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Census Academy launches the 2022 Back to Data Basics Webinar Series this week to help less experienced data users navigate census data.
We bring you data visualizations with new 2020 Census data for your state and county on: population, race and ethnicity, diversity, age and housing.
Public Spending on Protecting the Environment Up
The Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances shows spending on protection of natural resources has steadily increased since 2014.
Presidential Birth States and Places With Names of Presidents
To commemorate upcoming Presidents' Day, we look across America to map presidential beginnings and the many places that honor them.
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.
Explore My Congressional District Data Tool
Interest in the My Congressional District tool peaked after the midterm elections and is expected to continue now that the new Congress is sworn in.
Where Does All the Data the Census Bureau Collects Go?
We mark the 60th anniversary of the National Processing Center in Jeffersonville, Ind., by exploring its history that began as an army supply depot in 1874.
How Much Is Your State Spending on You?
A new Census Bureau tool lets you see and compare how much your state and local governments are spending on programs — from public safety to schools.
Local Governments Step Up to Help Count Their Communities
By participating in the Local Update of Census Addresses operation (LUCA), governments help ensure communities receive their fair share of federal money.
Financial Health of State and Local Governments
The Census of Governments provides comprehensive information on the financial health of key providers of services.
Public Pension Contributions Increase to Close Funding Gaps
In 2016, earnings were lower than in 1993 while contributions were nearly three times higher.
Voter Turnout for Non-Hispanic Black Population Declines
For only the second time since 1980, the share of non-Hispanic white voters did not drop since the last presidential election.
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