Statistician Demographer, Ethnicity and Ancestry Branch,
Merarys Ríos-Vargas is a statistician demographer with the Ethnicity and Ancestry Branch in the Population Division at the U.S. Census Bureau. In her post, she studies Hispanic origin reporting patterns in the census, as well as the demographic characteristics of the Hispanic population in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas.
She has presented on behalf of the Census Bureau at numerous conferences, such as the League of United Latin American Citizens, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute. She was also the keynote speaker for Hispanic Heritage Month at the Department of Justice in 2009. She has represented the Census Bureau as a commentator on Voice of America, CNN, Telemundo and Univision. She is the coauthor of several working papers and briefs, including “Hispanic Population: 2010,” “People Who Spoke a Language Other Than English at Home by Hispanic Origin and Race: 2009” and “Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands: 2000.”
Ríos-Vargas received a master's degree in demography and a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Puerto Rico.