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
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.
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.
Income and Poverty
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.
Improved Race and Ethnicity Measures Reveal U.S. Population Is Much More Multiracial
Today’s release of 2020 Census data provides a new snapshot of the racial and ethnic composition of the country.
2020 U.S. Population More Racially and Ethnically Diverse Than Measured in 2010
2020 Census results released today allow us to measure the nation’s racial and ethnic diversity and how it varies at different geographic levels.
More Than Half of U.S. Counties Were Smaller in 2020 Than in 2010
The U.S. Census Bureau today released the first 2020 Census population counts for counties, metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas, and cities.
What Do We Know About the Quality of 2020 Census Redistricting Data?
To assess the quality of the redistricting data released today, we compared 2020 Census to key data benchmarks.
8.2 Million People Counted at U.S. Group Quarters in the 2020 Census
The 2020 Census data released today provide counts of the group quarters population down to the block level for the first time in a decade.
U.S. Adult Population Grew Faster Than Nation’s Total Population From 2010 to 2020
The first detailed results of the 2020 Census released today show a nationwide shift in the age makeup of the U.S. population from 2010 to 2020.
Growth in Housing Units Slowed in the Last Decade
The 2020 Census results released today provide a count of vacant and occupied housing units across the nation.
U.S. Housing Vacancy Rate Declined in Past Decade
The percentage of housing units vacant in 2020 dropped to 9.7% from 11.4% in 2010, according to 2020 Census data released this week.
Economic Hardship Declined in Households With Children as Child Tax Credit Payments Arrived
Household Pulse Survey collected responses just before and just after the arrival of the first CTC checks.
LGBT Community Harder Hit by Economic Impact of Pandemic
LGBT adults report higher rates of food and economic insecurity than non-LGBT respondents to the new Phase 3.2 of the Household Pulse Survey.
U.S. Small Businesses Suffer Supply Chain Disruptions
Over 60% of manufacturers responding to the Small Business Pulse Survey saw disruptions in domestic supplies and 39% need to identify new supply options.
Household Pulse Survey Updates Sex Question, Now Asks About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Phase 3.2 of the Household Pulse Survey now includes questions on sexual orientation and gender identity, vaccinations of children and the new Child Tax Credit.
Asian Households Cite Fear of Going Out as Reason for Food Insufficiency During the Pandemic
Household Pulse Survey shows that Asian respondents were twice as likely as White households to report not having enough to eat because of fear of going out.
Self-Service Menus in Full-Service Restaurants and Other Miscellaneous Economic Nuggets
The rollout of the 2017 Economic Census includes intriguing but lesser-known Miscellaneous Subjects with information on businesses not available elsewhere.