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.
Business and Economy
Small Business Pulse Survey Reveals Price Increases by Sector
Phase 6 wrapped up October 17 and Phase 7 went into the field November 15. Will Phase 7 show that these economic trends are continuing?
Pre-Pandemic Early Childhood Enrollment Expanded as More Enrolled in Public Preschool
Before COVID-19, preschool enrollment was increasing as state funding of early education programs grew and the federal government is now proposing universal
Who Are the Owners of Exporting Firms?
This Census Bureau product matches export transactions to business profiles in the Annual Business Survey.
The “Hart” of the Nation’s Population: Hartville, Missouri (Pop. 594)
The Census Bureau calculated the spot that marks the center of U.S. population based on the 2020 Census and it is in Missouri for the fifth consecutive decade.
How Do We Support America’s Veterans?
Veterans are less likely to be in poverty than non-veterans, in part because of programs that support them and their families after service.
Will the Nation’s Center of Population Stay in Missouri for a Fifth Decade?
On Nov. 16, the U.S. Census Bureau will announce where the U.S. center of population was in 2020, a way to summarize population shifts every decade.
Census Bureau Survey Explores Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
New data visualization allows users to explore differences in characteristics and experiences during the pandemic between LGBT and non-LGBT populations.
Will Unemployment Insurance After Pandemic Follow Same Path as After Great Recession?
The share of adults who received UI reached a six-year low in 2018 during the Great Recession recovery. So far during the pandemic, UI receipt remains high.
Housing Growth Highest in Urban Cores of Fast-Growing Metros
The 2020 Census shows the nation’s housing stock increased from 2010 to 2020 but growth was uneven across the country.
What Happens When Older Adults Struggle to Make Ends Meet?
The packages of needs-based assistance that some older adults rely on may indicate difficulty affording health care, food, shelter and other necessities.
First 2020 Census U.S. Island Areas Data Released Today
The first 2020 U.S. Island Areas Censuses shows that the combined population of the four U.S. Island Areas was just under 339,000 in 2020.
Income and Poverty
Nearly a Third of Parents Spent Child Tax Credit on School Expenses
Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey shows that many parents spent the first three Child Tax Credit advance payments on child care or school expenses.
Census Tool Provides Access to Child Poverty Rates
The 2019 SAIPE School District Profiles data visualization provides demographic and economic information on more than 13,000 U.S. school districts.
Number of Businesses Grow in Metros, Shrink in Micros
There were 637,997 employer businesses in Micropolitan Statistical Areas in 2019, a 0.3% drop since 2017.
Measuring Impact of Child Care Subsidies on Working Moms
Census Bureau study shows receipt of child care subsidies may keep working married mothers in the labor force and lowers wage gap between spouses.
Sales of Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters Grew — or Did They?
The new 2017 Economic Census Comparative Statistics and Bridge Statistics reports ensure apple-to-apple comparisons when industry classifications change.
Elementary and Secondary School Revenue and Spending Increased in Most Areas
Preliminary data show most categories of elementary and secondary school system spending increased from FY2019 to FY2020, with some exceptions due to COVID-19.
Zillow and Census Bureau Data Show Pandemic’s Impact on Housing Market
The housing market stalled in spring 2020 but rebounded by summer.
Nonemployer Asian U.S. Business Owners Predominantly Foreign-Born
Most nonemployer business owners were U.S.-born but foreign-born Hispanic and Asian business owners had a large presence in some sectors.
Manufacturing Continues to be Among Top Five Largest Employment Sectors
This year marks the Census Bureau’s 10th anniversary celebration of Manufacturing Week beginning today and ending Friday on Manufacturing Day.
Business Growth in Desert Southwest More than Twice National Average
More than 287,000 employer businesses called these counties home in 2019, up 8.5% Since 2015.
Manufacturing Industries That Make the Materials to Build, Furnish a Home
The Annual Survey of Manufactures has a new interactive visualization that showcases housing-related manufacturing in America.
U.S. Births Declined During the Pandemic
Several factors affect the birth rate but the pandemic did have an impact: births declined but began to rise again in March of this year.
Two-Thirds of Recent First-Time Fathers Took Time Off After Birth
For the first time, the 2019 Survey of Income and Program Participation asked both men and women about their use of parental leave.
Who Was Lifted Out of Poverty by Stimulus Payments?
Supplemental Poverty Measure shows that the first two rounds of stimulus payments during the pandemic helped pull 11.7 million people out of poverty in 2020.
Did Unemployment Insurance Lower Official Poverty Rates in 2020?
Expanded unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility during the pandemic lowered the overall poverty rate by 1.4 percentage points to 11.4% in 2020.
Workers’ Earnings Decline Overall During Pandemic but Increase for Full-Time, Year-Round Workers
How could earnings for full-time, year-round workers go up while earnings fell for all workers? There were fewer low-wage full-time, year-round workers.
Uninsured Rates for Children in Poverty Increased 2018–2020
Changes in children’s health coverage varied by poverty status from 2018 to 2020.
Private Health Coverage of Working-Age Adults Drops From Early 2019 to Early 2021
In early 2020, a decline in the number of working-age adults with private health insurance was offset by an increase in public health insurance programs.
Understanding Equity Through Census Bureau Data
U.S. Census Bureau surveys and programs provide insight into social, economic and housing equity gaps in the United States.
Pandemic Disrupts Some Trends in Health Care Services
Estimates from the Quarterly Services Survey show that revenue percentage change for health care industries varied widely during the pandemic.
Measuring Communities’ Resilience in the Face of Adversity
The Census Bureau’s Community Resilience Estimates moves from the experimental phase to a regularly published data product that will be continually updated.
Children Experienced Episodic Poverty at Higher Rate Than Adults
A recent U.S. Census Bureau report explores episodic and chronic poverty rates among children, working-age adults and seniors from 2013-2016.
STATE PROFILES: 2020 Census
We bring you data visualizations with new 2020 Census data for your state and county on: population, race and ethnicity, diversity, age and housing.
Student Debt Weighed Heavily on Millions Even Before Pandemic
Student loans are one of the largest contributors to household debt, an added burden on those already hard-hit by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teachers Preparing for 2021-2022 School Year
New school activities on relevant topics such as apportionment results from the 2020 Census are available to teachers for free.