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3.5 Million Reported Middle Eastern and North African Descent in 2020
Detailed data available from the 2020 Census for 26 Middle Eastern and North African groups.
Asian Indian Was The Largest Asian Alone Population Group in 2020
Detailed 2020 Census data on 41 Asian groups released today show Chinese, Except Taiwanese, was largest Asian alone or in any combination group.
Detailed Look at Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Groups
2020 Census data released this month provides detailed counts of 31 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (NHPI) groups.
New Population Counts for Nearly 1,500 Race and Ethnicity Groups
The Census Bureau releases official population counts for more than 200 new detailed race and ethnicity groups.
Why People Move
New U.S. Census Bureau data product shows changes in reasons for moving and types of moves between 2021 and 2022.
Uninsured Rates Decreased in Over Half of U.S. States in 2022
Infographics from the ACS 1-year estimates released today show changes in state-level health insurance coverage rates and types from 2021 to 2022.
Income and Poverty
2022 Income Inequality Decreased for First Time Since 2007
U.S. Census Bureau income data released today show declines in real income at the middle and top of the income distribution from 2021 to 2022.
Income and Poverty
Black Individuals Had Record Low Official Poverty Rate in 2022
New U.S. Census Bureau data show the official poverty rate for Black individuals and Black children hit record lows in 2022.
Health Insurance Coverage of U.S. Workers Increased in 2022
Health insurance coverage for working-age adults ages 19 to 64 improved in 2022 across race groups and Hispanic origin and in most regions.
Income and Poverty
Median Household Income After Taxes Fell 8.8% in 2022
The expiration of expansions to federal programs during COVID-19 resulted in lower post-tax household income and higher poverty rates.
Income and Poverty
Supplemental Poverty Measure in 2022 Higher Than Pre-Pandemic Level
The Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) that accounts for government assistance increased from 7.8% in 2021 to 12.4% in 2022.
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More Unmarried Women Than Unmarried Men in the U.S.
A new data visualization shows the ratio of unmarried men to unmarried women by state, age, race and ethnicity.
Families and Living Arrangements
Work and Lifestyle of Young Adults Changed During the Pandemic
New data visualization shows differences in young adults’ work and lifestyle patterns such as working from home from 2019 to 2021.
Significant Declines in Preschool Enrollment During COVID-19 Pandemic
There were about 950,000 fewer children ages 3 to 6 enrolled in preschool in 2021 than in 2019.
Who Manages Vital Natural Resources in Our Daily Lives?
Special district governments often manage the natural resources we rely on, from running water to electricity.
Business and Economy
2022 Economic Census: Keeping Up With the Times
To remain the most comprehensive measure of the U.S. economy, the 2022 Economic Census is capturing new technology, from robot delivery to telemedicine.
Business and Economy
Capturing Seasonal Changes in Industry Expense Estimates
The U.S. Census Bureau recently began publishing seasonally adjusted expense estimates for 40 service industries, a significant benefit to business analysts.
Now That the Pandemic Emergency Has Ended, What’s Next?
U.S. Census Bureau tools created or modified in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have shifted focus now that the national emergency has ended.
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Same-Sex Married Couples Less Likely to Be Same Age, Race, Ethnicity
Survey data reveal patterns of social and economic similarity between same- and opposite-sex spouses.
Families and Living Arrangements
Multiple Partners, Multiple Kids
A new U.S. Census Bureau report looks at patterns of multiple partner fertility among married and unmarried couples.
Public Health Emergencies and Mental Health
The opioid crisis, COVID-19 pandemic, and legislative changes may have contributed to a rise in revenue for mental health care service providers.
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Younger Householders Drove Rebound in U.S. Homeownership
Housing Vacancy Survey found homeownership rates, especially among those age 44 and younger, improved in all regions.
Home Values Rose Sharply in U.S. Island Areas
New detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics tables from the 2020 Island Areas Censuses show homeownership & home values in the four U.S. Island Areas.
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About 43 Million People in the U.S. Had Multiple Health Plans in 2021
More than half of multiple coverage holders had Medicare and a private coverage plan.
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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Headed to 2023 World Cup
The 9th Women’s World Cup — the first to be hosted by two countries (Australia and New Zealand) — has the United States defending its 2019 and 2015 wins.
Families and Living Arrangements
National Marriage and Divorce Rates Declined From 2011 to 2021
Puerto Rico had among the lowest marriage and divorce rates in 2021.
Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Disability by Health Condition
Higher rates of disability among non-Hispanic Black population age 40 and up due to arthritis, diabetes and hypertension than among non-Hispanic White adults.
Almost a Quarter of U.S. Population Vulnerable to Rising Heat
Climate-focused data product finds that social factors contribute to low resilience to extreme heat exposure for almost 1 in 4 individuals in the United States.
Pandemic’s Impact on Commuting and How It Changed U.S. Cities
As more people worked from home in 2021, some U.S. counties experienced large drops in commuter-adjusted population.
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Owning or Renting the American Dream
In recognition of American Housing Month and National Homeownership Month, we explore housing data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Families and Living Arrangements
Census Bureau Data Help Paint Picture of Same-Sex Households
As Pride Month is celebrated, Census Bureau data help deepen our understanding of same-sex householders.
Sharp Drop in On-Site/In-Person Work Since 2019
New Census Bureau data show detailed trends in home-based work, including the rise in mixed or hybrid work.
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Disability Rates Higher in Rural Areas Than Urban Areas
The largest urban/rural differences in disability rates were in the South in 2021.
COVID-19 Impacts on Mortality by Race/Ethnicity and Sex
Males and the Hispanic, and American Indian and Alaska Native population groups experienced disproportionately large Increases in deaths during the pandemic.
Desafíos y oportunidades pospandemia para estimaciones de población
Nuevas estimaciones de población incluyen mejoras en los métodos para estimar la población de los EE. UU.
Impacto del COVID-19 en la mortalidad por raza/origen étnico y sexo
Los hombres y las poblaciones hispana e indígena de las Américas y nativa de Alaska estuvieron entre los grupos que experimentaron grandes aumentos en muertes.
Page Last Revised - April 14, 2023
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