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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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More Education Does Not Erase Racial Disparities in Health Coverage
Adults with a high school education or less have higher uninsured rates than those more educated. Racial/ethnic inequalities exist even among the more educated.
Data Products Built by and for Puerto Rican Communities
The Opportunity Project tackled challenges specific to Puerto Rico using open data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal agencies.
Business and Economy
How Did Self-Care Industries Perform at Start of Pandemic?
The 2021 Service Annual Survey shows trends in select self-care industries since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Stories U.S. Census Bureau Data Told in 2022
A look at some of the America Counts stories that revealed shifts in our population, from growing diversity and declining poverty to where and how we live.
LGBT Adults Report Anxiety, Depression at All Ages
The Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey provides insight into the mental health and well-being of the LGBT population.
Uninsured Rate Declined in 28 States 2019-2021
Today’s release of the 2021 American Community Survey 1-year estimates shows increase in public health coverage in 36 states.
Full-Time, Year-Round Workers More Likely to be Uninsured in 2021
The uninsured rate of those who worked less than full time, year-round dropped 1.2 percentage points from 2020 to 2021 as public coverage increased.
Uninsured Rate of U.S. Children Fell to 5.0% in 2021
A 1.2 percentage point increase in Medicaid and CHIP coverage drove drop in children’s uninsured rate between 2020 and 2021.
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.
LGBT Adults Report Anxiety, Depression During Pandemic
The Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey provides insight into the mental health and well-being of the LGBT population during COVID-19.
Exploring Census Data Made Easy
The new Census Survey Explorer provides a quick and comprehensive list of surveys by topic, geography and frequency.
Frontline Workers Report More Anxiety, Depressive Disorder Symptoms
Fewer adults are reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression than a year ago. Frontline workers outside the home are more likely to report these symptoms.
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.
Who Makes More Preventable Visits to the ER?
Census Bureau Study Shows a Link Between Lack of Various Resources and Higher Number of Preventable Visits for Emergency Care.
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.
Private Health Coverage of Adults Drops From Early 2019 to Early 2021
In early 2020, a decline in the number of working-age adults with private health insurance was offset by an increase in public health insurance programs.
Uninsured Rates for Children in Poverty Increased 2018–2020
Changes in children’s health coverage varied by poverty status from 2018 to 2020.
Business and Economy
Pandemic Disrupts Some Trends in Health Care Services
Estimates from the Quarterly Services Survey show that revenue percentage change for health care industries varied widely during the pandemic.
Measuring Communities’ Resilience in the Face of Adversity
The Census Bureau’s Community Resilience Estimates moves from the experimental phase to a regularly published data product that will be continually updated.
Census Survey Now Asks about Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity
Phase 3.2 of the Household Pulse Survey now includes questions on sexual orientation and gender identity, vaccinations of children and the new Child Tax Credit.
Asians: Fear of Going Out Causing Food Insufficiency During Pandemic
Household Pulse Survey shows that Asian respondents were twice as likely as White households to report not having enough to eat because of fear of going out.
Puerto Rico Has Tougher Workplace Vaccine Requirements Than U.S.
Puerto Rico leads U.S. states in small businesses requiring proof their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to work.
Business and Economy
Consumers Turn To Biking for Safe Fun and Exercise During Pandemic
Stay-at-home orders and shuttered fitness clubs amid COVID pandemic up demand for bicycles, leading to bike shortages and higher prices.
A Long Life Does Not Always Mean a Healthy Life in Old Age
Healthy life expectancy at age 60 varies by world region and country. Gender and a country’s income level play major roles.
The Opportunity Project Helps Streamline the Sharing of COVID Results
The Census Bureau and Department of Health and Human Services led a technology “sprint” to create tools to capture and securely transmit COVID-19 tests data.
Census Survey Now Asks How COVID Vaccines Impact Recipients' Behavior
The new phase of the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey digs deeper into vaccine hesitancy and other topics from mental health to use of telehealth.
How Do COVID-19 Vaccination, Vaccine Hesitancy Rates Vary Over Time?
New Household Pulse Survey interactive tracker allows users to view characteristics of the vaccinated and vaccine-hesitant populations.
Were American Homes Ready for the Pandemic?
Isolating when someone is infected with COVID-19 is challenging when 38% of U.S. multi-person households don’t have two bathrooms and enough bedrooms.
Income and Poverty
Who Had Medical Debt in the United States?
Detailed tables from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation provide a snapshot of households more likely to have medical debt in 2017.
Who Are Our Health Care Workers?
Health care, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing sector, employs 22 million. We profile this workforce now on the front line of the fight against COVID-19.
Working From Home During the Pandemic
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey shows that those who increased frequency of telework had higher income and education and better health.
Unequally Essential: Women and Gender Pay Gap During COVID-19
On the eve of Equal Pay Day and as the nation recognizes Women’s History Month, Census Bureau data show women still face pay disparities across occupations.
Business and Economy
Early COVID Impact on U.S. Economy More Widespread Than on Mortality
Census Bureau research shows the pandemic initially had a more widespread impact on the economy than on mortality rates.
Business and Economy
Many Small Businesses Not Requiring Workers To Get Tested, Vaccinated
First results from Phase 4 of the Census Bureau’s Small Business Pulse Survey show the majority of respondents do not require workers get tested or vaccinated.
America Counts Story
Air Pollution Diminishes Future Generations’ Economic Opportunities
Pollution is harmful not just to those directly exposed but even to their children and grandchildren.
Indirect Impact of COVID-19 Results in Higher Pandemic Death Toll
Independent Census Bureau research shows racial disparities in U.S. COVID-19 mortality rates and a higher death toll indirectly related to the pandemic.


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