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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.
Mapping Digital Equity in Every State
The new Digital Equity Act Population Viewer will help meet the funding goals of the Digital Equity Act of 2021.
Census Data Tool Helps FEMA Better Understand Disaster Vulnerability
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Community Resilience Estimates (CRE) tool helps FEMA better understand “at-risk” populations during a natural disaster.
Measuring Community Resilience Equitably
The Census Bureau’s Community Resilience Estimates program releases dataset and tool that help decision makers understand their communities’ vulnerabilities.
Census Bureau Survey Explores Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
New data visualization allows users to explore differences in characteristics and experiences during the pandemic between LGBT and non-LGBT populations.
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.
Income and Poverty
Pandemic Earnings Decline but Increase for Full-Time, Yearly Workers
How could earnings for full-time, year-round workers go up while earnings fell for all workers? There were fewer low-wage full-time, year-round workers.
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.
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.
Uninsured Rates for Children in Poverty Increased 2018–2020
Changes in children’s health coverage varied by poverty status from 2018 to 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. Housing Vacancy Rate Declined in Past Decade
The percentage of housing units vacant in 2020 dropped to 9.7% from 11.4% in 2010, according to 2020 Census data released this week.
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.
LGBT Community Harder Hit by Economic Impact of Pandemic
LGBT adults report higher rates of food and economic insecurity than non-LGBT respondents to the new Phase 3.2 of the Household Pulse Survey.
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.
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.


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