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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.
Housing Vacancy Survey shows that availability of homeowner and rental housing tightened during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Business and Economy
Small Business Week 2022: How Small Businesses Impact Our Economy
The 59th Annual Small Business Week theme is “Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship.”
E-Commerce Sales Surged During the Pandemic
Annual growth in e-commerce retail sales accelerated during the pandemic as more consumers shopped online.
Recognizing Nation’s 2.78 Million Administrative Professionals
Secretaries and administrative assistants make up 2% of the workforce, mainly women with lower-than-average earnings.
Exploring Economic Data by Topic
The Exploring Census Data webinar series focuses on data research by business topic.
Why Study Aging in Africa, Region With World’s Youngest Population?
A U.S. Census Bureau report provides comprehensive statistics on current and future population aging trends and patterns in Africa.
Exploring Census Data Made Easy
The new Census Survey Explorer provides a quick and comprehensive list of surveys by topic, geography and frequency.
Fertility Rates: Declined for Younger Women, Increased for Older Women
Despite broader stability in fertility trends, a Census Bureau analysis shows that the age at which U.S. women gave birth changed from 1990 to 2019.
Income and Poverty
Less Hunger in At-Risk Households During Pandemic Expansion of School Meals Program
Participation rates in free school lunch programs remain higher for lower income children even when program was expanded during the pandemic.
National Archives Releases 1950 Census Records
Decennial Census records are available to the public for free through the National Archives 72 years after each census is taken.
Famous People Who First Appeared in 1950 Census Records
The National Archives today releases 1950 Census records. Some people who eventually gained fame made their first appearance in this decennial census.
Mom and Pop Businesses: Key Contributors to U.S. Economy
The 83rd annual Mom and Pop Business Owners Day is an opportunity to highlight their impact and Census Bureau tools and resources available for small business.
1950 Census Records: A Window to History
Records for all people counted in the 1950 Census will be released by the National Archives and Records Administration April 1.
Deaths Outnumbered Births in Half of All States Between 2020 and 2021
Higher deaths and lower fertility during the COVID-19 pandemic led to natural decrease in nearly three-quarters of the nation’s counties.
What Has Driven Population Change in U.S. Counties?
In most counties, domestic migration played a larger role in population growth than births, deaths and international migration, possibly due to the pandemic.
U.S. Deaths Spiked as COVID-19 Continued
The United States experienced its largest increase in deaths between 2019 and 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Net Domestic Migration Increased in Many U.S. Counties in 2021
Smaller counties were more likely to experience net domestic migration gains and larger counties declines last year, possibly due to the pandemic.
Census Data Tool Helps FEMA Better Understand Disaster Vulnerability
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Community Resilience Estimates (CRE) tool helps FEMA better understand “at-risk” populations during a natural disaster.
Despite Efforts, Census Undercount of Young Children Persists
Improving data for young children in all Census Bureau products is the focus of a new cross-directorate working group.
Who Was Undercounted, Overcounted in the 2020 Census?
The U.S. Census Bureau used two measures of coverage to estimate who was missed or counted more than once in the 2020 Census.
U.S. Migration Continued to Decline From 2020 to 2021
In 2021, 8.4% of people had lived in a different residence a year earlier, a decline from the 2020 mover rate of 9.3%.
What Is the Gender Wage Gap in Your State?
A new Census Bureau interactive visualization shows the gender wage gap for selected occupations in the states and Puerto Rico.
Harder to Pay the Bills Now That Child Tax Credit Payments Have Ended
As Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments ended in December, more households with children reported struggling to cover household expenses.
Increase in Number of U.S. Black-Owned Businesses From 2017 to 2019
U.S. Census Bureau statistics show Black-owned businesses grew in all sectors of the U.S. economy.
Census Bureau Survey Now Measures COVID Impact on Workforce, Supplies
Phase 8 of the SBPS is designed to deepen our understanding of how the pandemic continues to affect U.S. small business operations.
U.S. Startups Create Jobs at Higher Rates, Older Large Firms Employ Most Workers
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Business Dynamics Statistics show how the age and size of firms contributed to job creation and employment shares from 1976 to 2019.
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.
The Business of Manufacturing Snack Foods Before the “Big Game”
Snack foods are big business around popular sporting events.
Census Bureau Construction Data: From Stone Age to Space Age
The U.S. Census Bureau is phasing in improvements, including satellite imaging, to improve construction data products that are key federal economic indicators.
Over a Quarter of Children Lived With At Least One Foreign-Born Parent
A new report reveals that children living with at least one foreign-born parent are more likely to live with two parents than children with native-born parents.
Frontline Workers Report More Anxiety, Depressive Disorder Symptoms
Fewer adults are reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression than a year ago. Frontline workers outside the home are more likely to report these symptoms.
Gender Pay Gap Widens as Women Age
A U.S. Census Bureau tool, Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) Explorer, illustrates increases in the gender pay gap as women age.
Novice Data Users: Help Is on the Way
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Census Academy launches the 2022 Back to Data Basics Webinar Series this week to help less experienced data users navigate census data.
National Poverty in America Awareness Month: Measuring Poverty
The Census Bureau’s 2020 Supplemental Poverty Measure rate was 2.3 percentage points lower than the official poverty rate of 11.4%.
Who Makes More Preventable Visits to the ER?
Census Bureau Study Shows a Link Between Lack of Various Resources and Higher Number of Preventable Visits for Emergency Care.
Women More Likely Than Men to Have No Retirement Savings
Are your retirement savings related to the number of times you have been married or the number of partners with whom you have children?
Measuring Community Resilience Equitably
The Census Bureau’s Community Resilience Estimates program releases dataset and tool that help decision makers understand their communities’ vulnerabilities.