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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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Going With the Flow: State-to-State Migration
Recently released estimates show more people moved between states in 2021 than in 2019, many to and from highly populated and neighboring states.
Families and Living Arrangements
Home Alone: More Than A Quarter of All Households Have One Person
In 2020, 27.6% of occupied U.S. households had one person living alone, about 20 percentage points higher than in 1940.
How Socially Vulnerable Is Puerto Rico to Disasters?
All municipios and 87% of census tracts in Puerto Rico showed higher social vulnerability than the United States.
¿Cuánta vulnerabilidad social ante desastres tiene Puerto Rico?
Todos los municipios y el 87 % de los sectores censales en Puerto Rico muestran una mayor vulnerabilidad social que los Estados Unidos.
Nearly a Third Reporting Two or More Races Were Under 18 in 2020
The 2020 Census shows the Multiracial population increased in all age categories but was largest among the young.
Census Bureau Unveils Unique, Interactive Building Permit Tool
New data tool follows release of 2022 annual estimates of housing units authorized by building permits.
2020 Census: 1 in 6 People in the United States Were 65 and Over
The U.S. population age 65 and over grew from 2010 to 2020 at fastest rate since 1880 to 1890 and reached 55.8 million, a 38.6% increase in just 10 years.
An Aging U.S. Population With Fewer Children in 2020
The age profiles of states and communities don’t always mirror the national picture.
Families and Living Arrangements
Family Households Still the Majority
One-person households increased but family households remained two-thirds of all households in 2020.
Hispanic Population is Younger But Aging Faster
The Hispanic population was younger than the non-Hispanic population in 2020 and accounted for a quarter of all children under 18 in the United States.
La población hispana es más joven, pero está envejeciendo más rápido
La población hispana era más joven que la población no hispana en el 2020 y representaba un cuarto de todos los niños menores de 18 años en los Estados Unidos.
See a Vacant Home? It May Not be For Sale or Rent
The largest category of vacant housing is seasonal housing, from beachfront homes to part-time residences.
Families and Living Arrangements
Share of U.S. Coupled Households Declined in 2020
Coupled households still made up more than half of all U.S. households but their share dropped since 2000.
Income and Poverty
Persistent Poverty: Identifying Areas With Long-Term High Poverty
U.S. Census Bureau research introduces a proposed expanded definition of persistent poverty at subcounty levels.
Large Cities No Longer the Biggest Population Losers
Large U.S. cities and towns show signs of a population rebound after experiencing big losses the first full year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
How Long Does It Take Renters to Find a Place?
The 2021 American Housing Survey shows that 58.5% of renters who moved between 2019 and 2021 found a new place to live in less than a month.
Women Made Up Majority of Home-Based Workers During Pandemic
The spike in home-based workers during the pandemic slightly increased the share of women working from home.
Examining Equity in COVID-19 Stimulus Payments
New research by the Census Bureau, Treasury, and IRS examines variation in receipt of payments across race and ethnic groups.
Significant Educational Strides by Young Hispanic Population
The young Hispanic population made significant educational gains between 2005 and 2021.The largest were among the South American population.
Income and Poverty
Opportunities for Marriage, Partnership Shape Women’s Family Incomes
White women were more likely than Black women of the same economic background to have access to more income from spouses and partners.
High Registration and Early Voting in 2022 Midterm Elections
The 2022 midterms featured the highest registration rates of the previous six congressional elections and high rates of early voting and mail-in ballot.
Hispanic, Black Adults More Likely to Report Long COVID-19 Symptoms
Household Pulse Survey began asking about long COVID-19 in 2022 and 31.1% said they still experienced symptoms three months or longer after testing positive.
Income and Poverty
Impact of the End of Extra SNAP Benefits
About 1 in 4 households in states that gave SNAP emergency benefits during the pandemic report not having enough to eat now that extra funding has ended.
Missing Medicaid Data on Race/Ethnicity May Bias Health Research
New research links Census Bureau and Medicaid data to enhance missing race/ethnicity data and improve the study of health disparities.
Families and Living Arrangements
Tablets More Common in Households With Children
Households with children 5 years old and over had the highest rate of tablet ownership.
Fewer People Reported Moving in Previous Year in 2021 Than in 2019
The share of Americans who moved in the last year declined from about 14% in 2019 to roughly 13% in 2021.
More People in All Race/Ethnic Groups Worked From Home 2019-2021
The number of White, Black, Asian and Hispanic home-based workers more than doubled.
Business and Economy
New and Improved Census Business Builder Version 5.1
Newly released Census Business Builder (CBB) 5.1 combines two legacy applications into a single interface.
Texas Population Passes the 30-Million Mark in 2022
Texas is now one of only two states with a population of 30 million or more. Its population reached 30,029,572 in 2022, behind only California (39,029,342).
Two Years Into Pandemic, Domestic Migration Trends Shifted
Domestic migration rebounded in some of the nation’s most populous counties that saw steep outmigration earlier in pandemic.
Is There a Retail Health Clinic Near You?
There were 2000 clinics providing walk-in health services inside pharmacies and other retailers between 2018 and 2020, mostly in metro areas.
Basketball Madness Has College Towns Buzzing
Play the 2023 College Basketball Population Game and learn about the college towns with men’s and women’s teams in the NCAA tournament.
Losing Our Parents
A new data visualization shows patterns in parent mortality by age, sex, race and ethnicity for 2019 and 2021.
Women and Men Both Experienced Changes in Occupations During COVID-19
Women’s job losses were concentrated in service occupations 2019-2021. Job gains were mostly in management, business, science and arts occupations.
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.
Page Last Revised - April 14, 2023
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