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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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Income and Poverty
Is the Gender Wage Gap the Same at Different Education Levels?
New data linking higher education attainment and wage records enables research showing that gender wage gap channels vary by education level.
Census Operations
Income Inequality Linked to Social Vulnerability to Disasters
The Community Resilience Estimates Equity Supplement shows a connection between income inequality and social vulnerability to disasters.
Natural Disasters Are Primary Reason Island Areas Residents Moved
The share of movers in the Island Areas who reported natural disasters was their primary reason for moving from 2015 to 2020 ranged from about 27% to over 41%.
Business and Economy
Legal Sports Betting a Growing Source of Tax Revenue for Many States
New York and many other states show growth in tax revenue from sports betting.
2024 Super Bowl: Fun Facts About the Players and Places
Five-time Super Bowl champ San Francisco 49ers face three-time champ Kansas City Chiefs. Both have lost two Super Bowls.
How the Real Estate Market Relies on Census Data
Census Bureau statistics are free and help realtors create their own tools to buy and sell properties.
Business and Economy
Pandemic’s Impact on Indoor and Outdoor Recreation Revenue
Estimated revenue of some indoor activity industries were still recovering while estimated revenue of some outdoor recreation industries grew 2019-2021.
Improving Access to Funding for Indigenous Communities
The Opportunity Project and U.S. Economic Development Administration partner to improve access to capital for American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
MLK Day: Only Federal Holiday Designated as National Day of Service
U.S. Census Bureau Statistics in School activities, historical pages, surveys and data commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Families and Living Arrangements
Rising Cost of Child Care Services a Challenge for Working Parents
Census Bureau data show that estimated revenue for Child Day Care Services increased all but one year from 2014 to 2021.
Business and Economy
Self-Storage Industry Withstands Economic Volatility Through COVID-19
Changes in living and working environments, low operating costs and flexible leases may have contributed to the stability of the self-storage industry 2019-2021.
How Racially and Ethnically Diverse Is Your Neighborhood?
An interactive tool and new racial and ethnic diversity topic page allows you to explore the most diverse census tracts in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Happy New Year 2024!
The U.S. is the third most populous country in the world behind China and India but is expected to drop to fourth behind India, China and Nigeria around 2045.
The Stories U.S. Census Bureau Data Told in 2023
A look at a year of significant transformation in the U.S. population, from growing diversity and aging to how and where we live and work.
Economic Backbone of Holiday Shopping Season: Retail Workers
The number of retail workers remained over 9 million but their share of the total workforce declined from 2010 to 2022.
Continued Decrease in Mortality Brings Natural Increase Closer to Pre-Pandemic Levels
New population estimates show that 19 states had more deaths than births in 2023, down from 25 in 2022.
Looking Back 250 Years: The 1773 Boston Tea Party
The Boston Tea Party led to the American Revolutionary War, the U.S. Constitution and eventually the first census count to ensure representation.
Income and Poverty
Education Does Not Resolve Gender Wage Gap
A new Census Bureau table package on men’s and women’s median annual earnings by detailed field of degree shows the gender pay gap in all fields of study.
Income and Poverty
How County Poverty Rates Changed From 2013-2017 to 2018-2022
The poverty rate significantly decreased in more than one-third of U.S. counties, according to the recently released American Community Survey 5-year estimates.
Income and Poverty
U.S. Poverty Rate Varies by Age Groups
The poverty rate for the nation’s oldest populations was lower than for the youngest but increased in 2022 while child poverty decreased.
Families and Living Arrangements
Most Parents Don’t Have Any Formal Child Care Arrangements
The Household Pulse Survey shows that 1 in 5 parents relied on a relative for child care.
Business and Economy
How Many U.S. Businesses Use Artificial Intelligence?
The Business Trends and Outlook Survey shows that only 3.8% of businesses use AI to produce goods and services but use varies by sector.
About 8.2 Million People Moved Between States in 2022
The number of people who moved between states went up from nearly 7.9 million in 2021 to about 8.2 million in 2022, making up 19.9% of all movers.
3- and 4-Year-Old School Enrollment Rebounds From Pandemic Low
There were some racial and ethnic differences in enrollment of 3- and 4-year-olds from 2018 to 2022.
World Population Estimated at 8 Billion
It took 13 years for the world population to go from 7 billion to 8 billion but it will take an estimated 14 years to add another billion amid slowing growth.
Families and Living Arrangements
Interracial Couples More Common Among Same-Sex Couples
Male same-sex couples had higher median household incomes than female same-sex couples even though the shares with both partners working did not differ.
The Nation’s First Veterans and How Military Service Has Changed
Since the 1840 Census first counted veterans, census data have documented the evolution of those who served. Women veterans were not counted until 1980.
New Population Counts for 22 Detailed Some Other Race Groups
2020 Census data for groups classified as Some Other Race, such as Brazilian, Guyanese, and Cabo Verdean are now available.
New Population Counts for 62 Detailed Black or African American Groups
For the first time, the 2020 Census provided a write-in area for the Black or African American race category to collect detailed racial identities.
Buying an Older Home? Consider Upkeep Costs, Not Just Purchase Price
American Housing Survey shows that in 2021 the cost of improving and maintaining older homes was higher in the first two years of ownership than after 10 years.
English Most Common Race or Ethnicity in 2020 Census
Recently released 2020 Census data on race and ethnicity provide detailed characteristics of more than 100 White groups.
Business and Economy
Tracking Supply Disruptions, Impact of Inflation on Small Business
Bi-weekly Business Trends and Outlook Survey shows a drop in supply chain delays after the peak of the pandemic emergency but higher prices due to inflation.
Detailed Data for Hundreds of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes
2020 Census detailed data available for close to 1,200 AIAN tribes and villages for the nation, states and tribal areas.
Business and Economy
Manufacturing Faces Potential Labor Shortage Due to Skills Gap
The Census Bureau celebrates Manufacturing Week with new data visualizations, stories and data products from the manufacturing sector.
Business and Economy
Powering the Economy One Chip at a Time
The CHIPS Act was passed to provide funding for manufacturing, research and development, but industry faces an aging workforce and labor shortages.
Business and Economy
Impact of COVID-19 on Passenger and Freight Transportation
Unlike freight transportation industries, estimated revenues for industries supporting passenger transportation saw no increases from 2019 to 2020.
Page Last Revised - April 14, 2023
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