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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.
Income and Poverty
Coastal and Large Counties More Distressed Than Other U.S. Areas
Two government measures of communities’ distress, based on different social and economic factors, show which counties are most vulnerable when disasters hit.
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.
Cultivating the Next Generation of Minority Innovators
The Opportunity Project brought its technology “sprints” to four higher education institutions that serve students of color.
Business and Economy
Who Owns America’s Businesses?
The 2021 Annual Business Survey shows Hispanic business ownership is on the rise.
What Languages Do We Speak in the United States?
The number of people who spoke a language other than English at home nearly tripled from 1980 to 2019, but the number who spoke only English also increased.
¿Qué idiomas hablamos en los Estados Unidos?
La población que hablaba en el hogar un idioma que no era inglés casi se triplicó de 1980 a 2019, pero también había más personas que solo hablaban inglés.
Homeownership by Young Households Below Pre-Great Recession Levels
Homeownership among households headed by adults ages 25-34 was highest at the start of the Great Recession and had not returned to those high levels in 2019.
Who Is Impacted by Student Loan Forgiveness and How?
New Survey of Income and Program Participation data show who has student loan debt and how much they had after the COVID-19 pause in payments.
Who Has Retirement Accounts?
The Survey of Income and Program Participation shows how many people are saving for retirement.
Manufacturing Pay, Job Prospects Increase With Industry "Credential"
Workers credentialed through industry-supported training and assessment programs earned more than peers, even without a college degree.
Income and Poverty
Wealth Inequality in the U.S. by Household Type
Census data show persistent inequalities in household wealth in 2019: 38.7% of households did not own a home, and 41.2% did not have a retirement account.
There’s No Place Like (Close to) Home
New research shows where people move as young adults. Eight in 10 live within 100 miles of where they grew up.
A State’s Median Age Does Not Tell The Whole Story
County population estimates provide characteristics by age, sex, race and ethnicity. A new visualization shows variation between states and counties.
Broad Diversity of Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Population
During Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we explore the broad diversity of this population in the United States.
Fertility Rates: Declined for Younger Women, Increased for Older Women
Despite broader stability in fertility trends, a Census Bureau analysis shows that the age at which U.S. women gave birth changed from 1990 to 2019.
Famous People Who First Appeared in 1950 Census Records
The National Archives today releases 1950 Census records. Some people who eventually gained fame made their first appearance in this decennial census.
Who Was Undercounted, Overcounted in the 2020 Census?
The U.S. Census Bureau used two measures of coverage to estimate who was missed or counted more than once in the 2020 Census.
U.S. Teachers More Diverse but Still Lag Student Racial, Ethnic Makeup
U.S. Census Bureau analysis of Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation data shows gap between the racial and ethnicity diversity of teachers and students.
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.
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.
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.
Census Operations
Understanding Equity Through Census Bureau Data
U.S. Census Bureau surveys and programs provide insight into social, economic and housing equity gaps in the United States.
Income and Poverty
Who Was Lifted Out of Poverty by Stimulus Payments?
Supplemental Poverty Measure shows that the first two rounds of stimulus payments during the pandemic helped pull 11.7 million people out of poverty in 2020.
Income and Poverty
Children Experienced Episodic Poverty at Higher Rate Than Adults
A recent U.S. Census Bureau report explores episodic and chronic poverty rates among children, working-age adults and seniors from 2013-2016.
Business and Economy
Student Debt Weighed Heavily on Millions Even Before Pandemic
Student loans are one of the largest contributors to household debt, an added burden on those already hard-hit by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 U.S. Population More Racially, Ethnically Diverse Than in 2010
2020 Census results released today allow us to measure the nation’s racial and ethnic diversity and how it varies at different geographic levels.
Improved Race, Ethnicity Measures Show U.S. is More Multiracial
Today’s release of 2020 Census data provides a new snapshot of the racial and ethnic composition of the country.
What Do We Know About the Quality of 2020 Census Redistricting Data?
To assess the quality of the redistricting data released today, we compared 2020 Census to key data benchmarks.
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.
Spanish-Language Survey Respondents Report Greater Pandemic Hardships
Even within groups such as Hispanics, the COVID pandemic has been experienced differently.
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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