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Advancing Equity with Census Data

The U.S. Census Bureau offers a variety of data and tools that can be used by policy-makers and the public to better understand underserved communities and advance equity.

January 16, 2023 - U.S. Census Bureau

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Detailed 2020 Census Data Coming in 2023

The data release was delayed in part so that the agency could implement a new privacy policy aimed at protecting the identities of respondents.

November 15, 2022 - Poynter Online

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Busting the 'Urban Exodus' Myth, Again

New numbers from the Census Bureau show that fewer Americans moved in 2020 than ever before, belying dire predictions about the death of cities and the hollowing out of urban neighborhoods.

December 23, 2021 - Pew Research Center

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Census Delays Release of 2020 American Community Survey Data

Due to the challenges faced by data collectors during the pandemic, the Census Bureau will not be releasing 2020 ACS data in September as usual.

September 27, 2021 - PRB


Pandemic Relief Programs Reduced Poverty, Census Finds

Robust assistance programs kept millions of households out of poverty last year.

September 21, 2021 - Mercury News

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Updated: Census Citizenship Question Officially Cancelled

The U.S. Department of Commerce was not successful in achieving a highly consequential change to the 2020 Census form, after the Supreme Court ruled it needed a better reason to make the change.

July 3, 2019 - BuzzFeed News

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Breaking News: Court Blocks Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

A federal judge's decision accuses U.S. Commerce Secretary of playing politics with the U.S. Census.

January 15, 2019 - AP News

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District By District, Maps Trace Neighborhood Opportunity Across the U.S.

Down to the level of individual census tracts, a team of researchers has developed national maps showing where upward mobility is probable, and where it isn't.

October 10, 2018 - The New York Times

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Census Bureau Serves Both Sides of the Housing Debate

The Census Bureau wants to be a friend to YIMBYs and NIMBYs alike.

June 12, 2018 - United States Census Bureau

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Concerns About Census 2020, As Told by GIFs

Interested observers have been sounding the alarms about the federal government's readiness and commitment level for the 2020 Census.

May 8, 2018 - Vox

How the Census Will Improve Race and Ethnicity Data for 2020

At the halfway point in the ten-year Census window, the Census Bureau undertakes research into how to improve its data collection for questions of race and ethnicity.

November 18, 2015 - U.S. Census Bureau

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Why Concentrated Poverty Matters

The Architecture of Segregation: The slums are racially concentrated, on the rise, and spreading to the suburbs.

August 13, 2015 - CityLab

The U.S. City with the Highest Median Rent is....

If you guessed the Big Apple, you'd be wrong. It's the City by the Bay with a median rent of $1,463; New York City had the fifth highest at $1,187. San Jose, Boston, and Washington, D.C. were ranked second, third, and fourth respectively.

November 15, 2013 - The San Francisco Examiner

Race and ethnicity 2010: New York City

Are We Being Fooled Again By Census Bureau Misestimates?

The Census Bureau's questionable methodology for estimating municipal population growth has resulted in counter-intuitive and often outrageous numbers, warns Aaron M. Renn.

August 24, 2013 - New Geography

America's Changing Commuting Patterns

A new report out from the Census Bureau paints a comprehensive picture of commuting in the United States. Average commute times remain steady, but the most significant change may be in the percentage of people working from home at least once a week.

March 5, 2013 - The Washington Post

Census Bureau Ponders the Changing Definitions of Race in America

The Census Bureau may revise questions about race and ethnicity on the 2020 survey to improve the accuracy of data on minority groups. Recent data shows a difference between how the government identifies such groups and how they identify themselves.

January 4, 2013 - National Public Radio

Minority Births Now Majority

In another milestone demonstrating the coloring of America, the Census Bureau reported this week that 2011 saw 50.4% births of color. In addition to the ethnic make-up of the country, aging data was reported.

May 18, 2012 - USA Today - Census

NYT Editorial Welcomes The End Of Sprawl

The NYT editorializes on the just-released April 2010-July 2011 census data that shows a notable slow-down in exurban growth as urban growth increased. Pointing to the problems that accompanied America's embrace of sprawl, they welcome the change.

April 11, 2012 - The New York Times - Editorial

A Closer Look At Growth Data Showing An Urban Revival

On April 5, the U.S. Census Bureau released growth data from April 2010 to July 2011 showing that for the first time in 20 years, urban growth surpassed exurban growth. Yonah Freemark takes a closer look at the data for 21 metropolitan areas.

April 10, 2012 - theTransportPolitic

US Population Growth Rate Stagnates With Economy

The recession is taking its toll on the nation's population growth rate. A lagging birth rate and a precipitous drop in immigration, particularly those entering the country illegally, resulted in a 0.7% growth rate. Immigration is at a 20-year low.

December 23, 2011 - The New York Times

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