July 12, 2012, 10am PDT
Whenever we weed through the records of our personal past -- diaries, letters, drawings, school assignments from our youth -- we face difficult decisions over what to keep and what to discard. We are forced to come to terms with our documented past, and often recognize the power such records hold to both inspire – and embarrass. For
individuals and governments alike, the decision over what to record, what to
retain and what to communicate is a potent one, for it can either afford or
constrain opportunities for actions in the future, as well as confirm or
conflict with the image or myths we choose to tell about ourselves.
July 3, 2012, 12pm PDT
Last week's census figures were widely used to point to a swelling of urban populations. Chris Briem says that the jury's still out.
June 30, 2012, 11am PDT
Carol Morello and Patricia Sullivan explore the recent population spike in Washington, D.C., part of a nationwide trend toward "an urban renaissance."
February 24, 2012, 12pm PST
Remember that trend toward smaller houses widely predicted and reported, well Lew Sichelman sees the inverse in figures recently reported at the annual convention of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in Orlando.
January 31, 2012, 7am PST
Sam Roberts reports on a new study of census results that found the nation’s cities are more racially integrated than at any time since 1910.
November 18, 2011, 12pm PST
A new report from Stanford University looks at the changes in incomes and neighborhoods.
November 16, 2011, 9am PST
With 79.7 percent of its residents with a bachelor's degree or higher, Palo Alto, home to tech giants Facebook and Hewlett-Packard, is the most educated city in California, reports Joanna Lin for California Watch.
June 21, 2011, 1pm PDT
In comparing data collected during the 2010 Census, walkable neighborhoods are shown to have greater vacancy rates than the cities they're in.
April 12, 2011, 10am PDT
Recent figures from the 2010 U.S. Census highlighted the fact that many cities remain racially segregated. This commentary argues that this situation is unlikely to change.
April 2, 2011, 5am PDT
Using data from the 2010 U.S. Census, <em>Salon</em> lists out 10 urban areas where race segregation is most prevalent.
March 17, 2011, 12pm PDT
Census data shows that Lacrosse, WA (pop. 315) and other small, rural towns are getting smaller. Some blame the Conservation Reserve Program. But Lacrosse and many others aren't going quietly - they're fighting to hang on.
February 26, 2011, 7am PST
About a quarter of the counties in the U.S. are seeing more deaths per year than births, according to census data.
December 30, 2010, 6am PST
Recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show big growth in the Sun Belt of the Southwest. This piece from <em>The New York Times</em> looks into why.
December 28, 2010, 12pm PST
Poverty is high and rising in rural areas across America. But there are also significant differences in the extent of that poverty, depending on the region.
December 25, 2010, 11am PST
Yonah Freemark says that new Census data is revealing that the South and West are growing while the Midwest and East are shrinking, which could signal a shift in policy from traditionally urban areas to more exurban-centric regions.
December 20, 2010, 5am PST
Writing for <em>Next American City</em>, Yonah Freemark reviews recently released Census data to find increasing income levels in inner cities, and a growing spatial divide between poorer populations.
November 12, 2010, 12pm PST
Last week, China deployed six million workers for a 10-day effort to count the country's population. A surge in citizens relocating from rural to urban areas makes the task difficult, reports the Economist.
June 28, 2010, 9am PDT
More first-time, energy-conscious, urban home buyers with smaller households have contributed to a noticeable reduction in home size as shown in 2008-2009 housing Census data. Concurrently, lower-priced home sales outpaced more expensive homes.
The Philadelphia Inquirer Via Austin American Statesman
December 23, 2009, 9am PST
Dipping into Colorado's census information reveals 7,000 new farms in the state, in addition to other surprising statistics.
June 11, 2009, 7am PDT
An audit of the past census found that 373,567 Texans were not counted, for an estimated loss of $2,913 per person-or $1 billion in federal funds from 2002 to 2012.