Census

June 29, 2012, 11am PDT
Historically the one-year data may be an aberration as suburbs have outgrown cities for every decade since the 1920s. It may be as much a consequence of the recession and housing bust as a preference for urban living, but builders are responding.
The Wall Street Journal
May 29, 2012, 5am PDT
Recently Congress voted in favor of a GOP measure to scrap the American Community Survey, on the basis of its alleged intrusiveness. Now a backlash is growing in defense of the survey, even among some conservatives, reports Matthew Yglesias.
Slate.com
May 14, 2012, 8am PDT
Jason Jordan reports on last week's stunning vote in the House of Representatives to eliminate the American Community Survey (ACS) in its entirety.
APA Policy News
Blog post
May 11, 2012, 9am PDT

People love statistics. They let us understanding the world beyond our own senses. USA Today publishes a daily Snapshot which presents a graph of random statistics. Sports talk and business analysis are dominated by statistics. We measure our progress, or lack thereof, and compare ourselves with others, based on statistics about our size, activities and accomplishments.

Todd Litman
Blog post
April 16, 2012, 8am PDT

After the Census Bureau released population estimates showing that core counties were (at least in some metro areas) growing faster than exurban counties, the media was full of headlines about this alleged trend.  An extreme example came from the Washington Post: "An end to America's exurbia?" (1)

Michael Lewyn
March 30, 2012, 11am PDT
Nate Berg explains why recent headlines about the rise of the country's urban population shouldn't have smart growth advocates claiming victory just yet.
The Atlantic Cities
February 21, 2012, 10am PST
The recession has taken its toll on U.S. population growth - both in babies born and immigration. While the recession officially ended June, 2009, growth rates continue to lag for the second consecutive year at .7%, the lowest since the Depression.
USA Today
February 15, 2012, 5am PST
In an analysis of newly released census data, Wendell Cox outlines recent population trends in the fastest-growing country in the G-8.
newgeography
February 10, 2012, 11am PST
Kaid Benfield looks at recent trends in the housing sector and asks whether America's infatuation with the McMansion is over.
Switchboard
January 14, 2012, 11am PST
...so more than a third went with "Other" in the last Census. Mireya Navarro reports on the rift between ethnic and racial identity experienced by some Latinos and the challenges the Bureau faces in designing a better questionnaire.
The New York Times
January 3, 2012, 11am PST
A team of Brookings Institution researchers present five key findings about Americans and how the country grew in 2011 according to 2010 Census data.
Brookings Institution
Feature
September 26, 2011, 10am PDT
Recent census data analysis shows that the number of carpoolers has been declining over the last thirty years. But further study of carpooling's history, as well as social, demographic and economic trends, shows that there is more to carpooling numbers than a downward slope, writes Cynthia Armour.
Cynthia Armour
August 11, 2011, 12pm PDT
From growing minority populations to growth in the South and West, The United States has undergone major shifts in the last 20 years, according to this analysis from <em>USA Today</em>.
USA Today
August 2, 2011, 1pm PDT
A new study shows how even as minorities move up the social ladder, they tend to live in poorer neighborhoods, reports Joanna Lin for California Watch.
California Watch
June 20, 2011, 12pm PDT
Think your living arrangement is unique? You aren't alone. The New York Times parses the vicissitudes and permutations of the twenty-first century American households.
The New York Times
June 5, 2011, 7am PDT
Decreasing fertility rates of non-Hispanic whites and black women, plus the tendency of families with children to cluster, have caused declines in the '18 and under' population share in 95% of U.S. counties.
USA Today - Census
May 16, 2011, 10am PDT
Race and ethnic groups have seen major shifts from the 1990s to today, according to this report from the Brookings Institution.
Brookings Institution
May 15, 2011, 5am PDT
Family makeup is changing in New York City, where unmarried partners are on the rise and households with children are on the decline.
The New York Times
May 4, 2011, 2pm PDT
New York City has created its own version of the census to track transportation in the city, a job it says the federal government's counting system does poorly.
The New York Times
April 28, 2011, 12pm PDT
Why did the Census estimate Atlanta's population as 541,000 in 2009 and count only 420,000 people in 2010?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution