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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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Who Commuted on Baltimore’s Key Bridge?
Francis Scott Key Bridge commuters had long, early commutes and were concentrated in specific earnings and occupational categories.
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.
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.
Families and Living Arrangements
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.
Income and Poverty
Opportunities for Marriage, Partnership Shape Women’s Family Incomes
White women were more likely than Black women of the same economic background to have access to more income from spouses and partners.
Low-Income Renters Spent Larger Share of Income on Rent in 2021
The percentage of household income spent on rent plus utilities increased from 2019 to 2021 and renters with the lowest annual income saw the largest spikes.
Income and Poverty
2021 Income Inequality Increased for First Time Since 2011
U.S. Census Bureau’s income data released today show widening income inequality from 2020 to 2021.
More Than One Million Americans Report Ukrainian Ancestry
Census Bureau data provide a demographic and socioeconomic portrait of people born in Ukraine and those who report Ukrainian ancestry.
Do Young Workers Still Have Summer Jobs?
As the school year ends, the prospect of summer jobs for youths rises but there’s been a declining overall trend in young people working during summer months.
Income and Poverty
Dim Job Outlook for People Released From Prison During Great Recession
People convicted of a felony or released from prison are less likely to find work than adults without high school degrees or similar criminal histories.
Income and Poverty
Poverty Rate Drops in 20 States and the District of Columbia
The 2017 1-year American Community Survey out today shows some states had the fourth straight year of decline while other had rates of 18 percent or more.
Income and Poverty
Highest Median Household Income on Record?
What looks like a record high may be due to redesigned income questions. Taking the change into account shows no difference from previous highs.
Income and Poverty
Coming This Week: Income, Poverty, Health Insurance Numbers
U.S. Census Bureau experts give you a video overview of new data that will be released Wednesday and Thursday.
What Is Ahead for the Nation’s Aging Workforce?
The percentage of employed older people increased during the past two decades and these workers are earning more on average than older workers in the past.
Page Last Revised - April 14, 2023
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