Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006
The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for the November elections.
Census data analysis shows majority of Iowa communities are shrinking
Jobs continue to be a driving factor of population growth and shifts in Iowa, which explains the ongoing decline in many small towns. An analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data found more than 60 percent of cities ...
Young men increasingly outnumber young women in rural Great Plains
In many rural communities hard hit by decades of population declines, young men increasingly outnumber young women, a new study of Kansas and Nebraska census data shows.
Mapping tool used by Census Bureau has roots in NSF-funded project
In colleges and universities across the country, undergraduate students in the social sciences are using an online educational tool that goes beyond the traditional presentation of demographic data as numbers ...
Question of race not simple for Mexican Americans
About half of Latinos check "white" in response to the question about race on the U.S. Census. About half check "other race."
US high-tech startup hopes to change biking
A U.S. startup is launching a new device that transforms almost any bicycle into an electric-hybrid vehicle using an app on a smartphone.
Hard rock life
Scientists are digging deep into the Earth's surface collecting census data on the microbial denizens of the hardened rocks. What they're finding is that, even miles deep and halfway across the globe, many of these communities ...
Stanford releases new poverty index for California
The sky-high cost of housing in California is pushing many families into poverty, according to new research by Stanford's Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Public Policy Institute of California.
Poverty stuck at 15 percent—record 46.5 million
The nation's poverty rate remained stuck at 15 percent last year despite America's slowly reviving economy, a discouraging lack of improvement for the record 46.5 million poor and an unwelcome benchmark for President Barack ...
US Census data may undercount Mexicans, Arabs, others
The number of Mexican-Americans known to be legally in the United States would increase nearly 10 percent if the federal census broadened its standard definition to include people who don't identify themselves as Hispanic ...
'Average American' will slide down income scale
The median household income for Americans reached an all-time high in 2000, fell during the recession of 2001, and was only approaching its 2000 level in 2007 when the Great Recession struck. By 2011 it had ...
For blacks in America, home ownership does not mitigate residential segregation
While home ownership has long been a key to affluence and a symbol of the American dream, blacks owning homes may not reap the same as whites and other minorities in metropolitan America, a University at ...
Wuthnow finds resilience, opportunity in America's small towns
Small towns are home to about 10 percent of the U.S. population but continue to play an outsize role in American culture, according to Princeton sociologist Robert Wuthnow.
People choose baby names to be fashionable
(Phys.org) —Parents these days name their babies Jacob or Isabella instead of John or Mary for similar reasons that people decades ago bought cars with tailfins instead of Edsels—because they are fashionable, ...