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Karen Battle

Chief, Population Division

Since 2014, Karen Battle has served as the chief of the Population Division at the U.S. Census Bureau. In that role, she oversees the research, development, analysis and dissemination of statistics related to the population and demographic characteristics of the United States and selected countries around the world. This includes managing the development of annual population estimates for the United States, states, and counties by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, as well as research to improve the measurement of race, ethnicity and other special population topics.

Ms. Battle began her career at the Census Bureau in 1998 in the Special Population Statistics Area within the Population Division where she worked on analyzing data and developing products that focused on race and ethnicity. Since then, much of Ms. Battle’s career has been spent leading the production and analysis of statistics from decennial censuses and household surveys on the demographic characteristics of special populations in the United States. 


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