Each month the Census Counts team compiles Census-related news from a wide swath of national and regional media outlets to keep data equity stakeholders informed and engaged.  

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October 30, 2023 Census Coalition Clips


NPR | News A GOP plan for the census would revive Trump’s failed push for a citizenship question

A coalition of conservative groups is preparing for a chance to shape the country’s next set of census results in case a Republican president returns to the White House in 2025. Their playbook includes reviving a failed push for a citizenship question and other Trump-era moves that threaten the accuracy of the 2030 national head count. The plan also calls for aligning the mission of the government agency in charge of the next tally of the country’s residents with “conservative principles.” Many census watchers, including a former top Trump administration official, tell NPR they find this position particularly alarming.

Hansi Lo Wang | October 28, 2023

The New York Times | News The History of Race Categories in U.S. Census Forms

In light of the Biden administration’s proposed changes to census forms, we wanted to understand how census categories for race and ethnicity have evolved over the last 230 years and how they have shaped American identities. We sifted through copies of each decennial census from 1790 through 2020. Some were handwritten, some were yellowed, and, in later years, printed in color. We found that almost none of them categorized race in the exact same way. Each change indicated an incremental shift in how the nation perceived racial and ethnic identities at that time. We talked to historians and demographers who explained the implications of these categories. The first census in 1790 separated free “white” people from other free people and enslaved people.

K.K. Rebecca Lai | October 28, 2023 

The Washington Post | News The Native American population exploded, the Census shows. Here’s why. 

Forget about Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon”: We’re pretty sure the most anticipated debut related to Native Americans this year is a much-delayed and much-less-snappily named release from the U.S. Census Bureau known as Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A. The report provides the most detailed data we’ve ever had on America’s racial and ethnic origins, including stunningly exhaustive data on nearly 1,200 tribes, native villages and other entities. We hoped it would shed light on one of the biggest mysteries in the 2020 Census: Why did the Native American population skyrocket by 85 percent over the past decade?

Andrew Van Dam | October 27, 2023



AP News | News The Trump era has changed the politics of local elections in Georgia, a pivotal 2024 battleground 

Going into the 2024 presidential election, the dynamics in Johns Creek and other nearby Atlanta suburbs reflect how partisan and cultural divisions that intensified since Trump’s 2016 run have trickled down to local campaigns. Some activists and voters now view these nominally nonpartisan contests as critical fronts in shaping the nation’s identity. This swath of the metro area has become more demographically and politically diverse over recent decades, with growth among Asian American, Black and Hispanic populations that help boost Democrats’ vote totals. The share of Georgia residents who identify as white and non-Hispanic fell in the most recent census to 50.1%, the lowest on record.

Bill Barrow | October 29, 2023

Blog Posts and Reports

U.S. Census Bureau | Blog How an Interwoven Research Agenda Will Help Us Enumerate Historically Undercounted People in the 2030 Census 

Life is interconnected. For instance, I found that hunger, homelessness and even unemployment are portals to an interconnected web of personal, environmental and system factors. These include chronic physical conditions, mental health and addiction issues, climate change and federal, state and local policies. So, it’s not surprising that research on any of these topics can be informed by including the nodes of this interconnecting, interacting network. Our research on historically undercounted populations is similarly interconnected. The U.S. Census Bureau conducts research on public trust, cultural relevance, language usage, question comprehension and many other topics to develop better methods to reach and collect data from the historically hard to count. But the interconnectivity goes deeper. 

Robert L. Santos | October 26, 2023

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Census Bureau Releases New Data on Minority-Owned, Veteran-Owned and Women-Owned Businesses

The U.S. Census Bureau today released new estimates on the characteristics of employer businesses. According to the 2022 Annual Business Survey (ABS), which covers reference year 2021, there were approximately 5.9 million employer firms in total, of which, 1.2  million (21%) were minority-owned, 304,823 (5.2%) were veteran-owned, and around 1.3 million (22%) were owned by women.

Jewel Jordan | October 26, 2023

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Current Population Survey Modernization Efforts Set to Launch

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) are launching a joint effort to modernize the Current Population Survey (CPS) and announce proposed plans to implement changes to ensure sustainability. Developed in the 1930s to meet the increased needs for unemployment, the CPS has been conducted in its present form since 1948. It is one of the oldest, largest and most well-recognized surveys in the nation.

Julie Iriondo | October 24, 2023

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release New Brief Provides Detailed DHC-A Guidance 

The U.S. Census Bureau today released the latest in a series of briefs describing the disclosure avoidance methods used to protect 2020 Census data products. “Disclosure Avoidance Methods for the Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A (Detailed DHC-A): How SafeTab-P Works” describes the formally private algorithm used to protect the Detailed DHC-A data and provides guidance for data users. The Detailed DHC-A was released September 21. More briefs are in development that will provide specific guidance for using the 2020 Census data.

Stacy Gimbel Vidal | October 24, 2023

U.S. Census Bureau | Blog New Population Counts for 22 Detailed Some Other Race Groups 

For the first time in U.S. Census Bureau history, the official counts for 22 detailed groups that are classified as Some Other Race (SOR) were tabulated from the race question. Many of these detailed groups are usually tabulated from the ancestry question in the American Community Survey but these data come from recently released 2020 Census detailed data files. The SOR category includes non-Hispanic groups (such as Mauritanian), Multiracial and Multiethnic responses (such as “Biracial”) and Hispanic responses (such as “Mexican”) to the race question.

Jessica E. Peña, Ricardo Henrique Lowe Jr. and Ana I. Sánchez-Rivera | October 24, 2023

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October 23, 2023 Census Coalition Clips


Black Enterprise | News Study Reveals Children, Black Women, And Latinos Disproportionately Affected By Evictions In The U.S 

A new study from the U.S. Census Bureau and The Eviction Lab has established that children, Black women, and Latinos are the most impacted by eviction proceedings in the United States. According to NBC News, of the 2.9 million children under the age of 18 who face eviction, 1.5 million of them go on to receive an eviction judgment. The study cross-referenced data pulled from the U.S. Census with eviction requests to create a detailed account of how the eviction process affects children. 

Daniel Johnson | October 21, 2023

CBS News | News U.S. census data: Americans prioritizing shorter commutes to work 

Americans say they appreciate quicker commutes to work more now than before the pandemic. According to census data, shorter travel times have become more commonplace in the past few years, with more than 85 million people now saying it takes them less than 30 minutes to get to the office. Nearly 37% of U.S. workers had a commute of 15-29 minutes in 2022, up from 35.6% in 2019.

Garrett Behanana | October 21, 2023

The New York Times | News How Race Categories on U.S. Census Forms Have Evolved 

Since 1790, the decennial census has played a crucial role in creating and reshaping the ever-changing views of racial and ethnic identity in the United States. Over the centuries, the census has evolved from one that specified broad categories — primarily “free white” people and “slaves” — to one that attempts to encapsulate the country’s increasingly complex demographics. The latest adaptation proposed by the Biden administration in January seeks to allow even more race and ethnicity options for people to describe themselves than the 2020 census did. If approved, the proposed overhaul would most likely be adopted across all surveys in the country about health, education and the economy.

K.K. Rebecca Lai and Jennifer Medina | October 16, 2023



San Francisco Chronicle | News California exodus: Charts show huge shift in which U.S. states most people are moving to 

California lost a net of 340,000 people to other states from 2021 to 2022, with a growing number of residents leaving for Florida and Arizona. The outflow from California to other states was lower than it was from 2020 to 2021, when about 410,000 more people left California than arrived, according to new migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau. But it was still far higher than in the years before the pandemic, when the annual net loss was fewer than 200,000.

Christian Leonard | October 22, 2023


VOA | News Hispanic Residents Now Outnumber White Population in Texas 

Hispanics are now the largest population group in Texas, surpassing non-Hispanic white residents who have outnumbered other racial groups in the state since at least 1850. The switch likely happened in late 2021 but was not officially confirmed until the U.S. Census released official population numbers in June 2023. The numbers show that Hispanics have been the state’s largest population group at least since July 2022. Texas officials were expecting the change.

Dora Mekouar | October 21, 2023


Urban Milwaukee | News Milwaukee Census Challenge Denied 

The U.S. Census Bureau (USCB) isn’t inclined to help Mayor Cavalier Johnson‘s quest for one million Milwaukeeans. Milwaukee’s challenge to its 2020 U.S. Census results was effectively denied, which will cost the city and Milwaukee Public Schools approximately $21 million in federal aid over the next decade. The central element of the City of Milwaukee’s challenge was that USCB workers undercounted the number of housing units within the city. The bureau initially said the city had 577,235 residents as of April 1, 2020, a 3% drop from 2010, while the city believes it had 593,722.

Jeramey Jannene | October 19, 2023

Blog Posts and Reports

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Census Bureau Releases 2020 Census DHC Noisy Measurement File 

The U.S. Census Bureau today released the Noisy Measurement File associated with the 2020 Census Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC). The 2020 Noisy Measurement Files are considered research-based statistical products and should not be considered the official 2020 Census counts. A Noisy Measurement File is the intermediate output of the new 2020 Disclosure Avoidance System’s TopDown Algorithm (TDA). The TDA generates noisy measurements when it applies differentially private noise to each of the tabulations from the confidential data.

Public Information Office | October 23, 2023

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release CONFIRMED RELEASE DATE: Census Bureau to Embargo New Population Projections for the Nation by Age, Sex, Race, Hispanic Origin and Nativity 

The U.S. Census Bureau will offer a two-day embargo period to allow media members access to the 2023 National Population Projections. These projections provide a comprehensive analysis of the nation’s projected population through 2100. The analysis covers projected births, deaths and net international migration in addition to population size and composition by age, sex, race, Hispanic origin and nativity. The 2023 projections include a main series as well as three alternative scenarios based on distinct assumptions about international migration.

Public Information Office | October 18, 2023

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Census Bureau Announces New and Expanded Projects in Response to Public Submissions to the 2030 Federal Register Notice 

The U.S. Census Bureau today announced how it is addressing public suggestions for 2030 Census research plans. The ideas were received in response to a Federal Register Notice (FRN) seeking input or suggestions on ways to improve or enhance the way people respond to the once-a-decade population count. The Census Bureau received over 8,000 comments that it reviewed, analyzed, and where appropriate, included in its 2030 Census research agenda. The goal of the research agenda is to enhance the operations and technologies that worked successfully in the 2020 Census and introduce innovations for future censuses.

Stacy Gimbel Vidal and Veronica Vaquer | October 17, 2023

U.S. Census Bureau | Blog New Population Counts for 62 Detailed Black or African American Groups 

African American was the most reported detailed response by those who identified their race as Black or African American in the 2020 Census, according to recently released data. Nigerian and Ethiopian were the most reported Sub-Saharan African groups, while Jamaican and Haitian were the largest Caribbean groups. In the 2020 Census, 46,936,733 respondents identified as Black or African American alone or in combination, the third largest race group. For the first time in decennial census history, there was a Black or African American write-in area with detailed examples for people to report detailed responses. 

Alli Coritz, Ricardo Henrique Lowe, Jr. and Jessica E. Peña | October 17, 2023

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October 16, 2023 Census Coalition Clips


The Washington Post | News Census should reflect that race isn’t real, advocates say 

Racial categories, assigned to people based on their appearance, geographic origin and other supposed attributes, got their start during the dawn of Western science in 18th century Europe. White Europeans, who then had no knowledge of human genetics and little meaningful contact with other cultures, placed themselves at the pinnacle. For centuries now, the categories have been used to divide and perpetuate every version of harm — enslavement, violence, an eclipse of opportunity. 

Sydney Trent | October 16, 2023

The Latin Times | News English, German, Irish, Mexicans Are the Largest U.S. Population Groups 

With 46.6 million people who describe themselves as English, this group makes up the biggest demography in the U.S., according to data from the Census Bureau. Together the English, German (45 million), and Irish (38.6 million) made up over half of the White population alone or in combination, data from 2020 reveals. According to Census Bureau analysts, results from the 2020 general survey reflect respondents saying, for the first time, specific details other than their race. Respondents could answer Italian, Palestine or Cajun, the analysts said. In total, the 2022 census recorded data for 104 detailed 104 White groups such as Lithuanian, Pennsylvania Dutch, or French Canadian, among others.

Alejandro Angeles | October 14, 2023


New Hampshire

WBUR | News New England’s population is graying, but its homes are less ‘aging-ready’ than rest of U.S.

Housing for New England’s seniors is in short supply, and could worsen as the region’s population ages. According to a report released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau, only about 20% of New England homes meet basic standards for seniors: a step-free entryway and a bedroom and full bathroom on the entry level. In New Hampshire, 20% of the population is over 65, and that number is expected to increase significantly over the next several decades. 

New Hampshire Public Radio Staff | October 16, 2023

Blog Posts and Reports

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Decennial Special Tabulations Program Resumes 

The U.S. Census Bureau today announced that the special tabulations program for the decennial census has resumed. The data-user community now has an opportunity to request 2020 Census data not included in a 2020 Census data product release. The data user making the request would cover the cost of producing the product.

Public Information Office | October 12, 2023

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Census Bureau Releases New Data Showing the Highest School Enrollment Count in Years

Total school enrollment experienced a growth of 1.3 million from 2021 to 2022, reaching a total of 75.2 million students enrolled, according to new data from the 2022 Current Population Survey (CPS) released today. This marked the highest enrollment count since 2019 of 76.1 million students, from which it was not significantly different. Since 2020, school enrollment has steadily increased and has rebounded to pre-pandemic levels; however, total school enrollment in 2022 remains lower than the 76.8 million students in 2018. Overall, the percentage of individuals age 3 and above enrolled in 2022 (23.7%) remains lower than in 2019 (24.3%).

Public Information Office | October 11, 2023


U.S. Census Bureau | Blog English Most Common Race or Ethnicity in 2020 Census 

For the first time ever, respondents to the 2020 Census who reported White as a race could write in more details such as Italian, Palestinian or Cajun. Together, the English (46.6 million), German (45 million), and Irish (38.6 million) alone or in any combination populations made up over half of the White alone or in combination population in 2020. The addition of a new write-in area for collecting detailed White responses was one of the improvements made to the 2020 Census race question design. As a result, data are now available from the decennial census for 104 detailed White groups, including Lithuanian, Irish, Libyan, Syrian, Pennsylvania Dutch and Australian. Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) responses, such as Lebanese and Moroccan, were included with the White category, following the standards [PDF <1.0 MB] set by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in 1997, which classify MENA responses as part of the White racial category.

Paul Jacobs, Alli Coritz and Rachel Marks | October 10, 2023

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Census Bureau Releases New Report on Aging-Ready Homes 

The U.S. Census Bureau today released a new report showing that about 4 million U.S. households with an adult age 65 or older had difficulty living in or using some features of their home. The report, Aging-Ready Homes in the United States—Perception Versus Reality of Aging-Accessibility Needs: 2019, examines whether U.S. homes are prepared for an aging population. This report is based on data from the 2019 American Housing Survey (AHS).

Lewis Liu | October 10, 2023

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October 10 2023 Census Coalition Clips


Marijuana Moment | News States Made More Than $5.7 Billion In Marijuana Tax Revenue Over 18-Month Period, New Federal Census Bureau Report Shows 

The U.S. Census Bureau has released its first report on state-level marijuana tax revenue data following what the agency calls “a complete canvass of all state agencies” going back to July 2021. In the 18-month period between then and the end of 2022, the data show, states collected more than $5.7 billion from licensed cannabis sales. The launch of the report, which the agency plans to update on a quarterly basis going forward, signals that at least some parts of the federal government are now beginning to treat the cannabis industry as a legitimate sector of the economy.

Ben Adlin | October 9, 2023

The Washington Post | News Life expectancy in U.S. is falling amid surges in chronic illness 

After decades of progress, life expectancy — long regarded as a singular benchmark of a nation’s success — peaked in 2014 at 78.9 years, then drifted downward even before the coronavirus pandemic. Among wealthy nations, the United States in recent decades went from the middle of the pack to being an outlier. And it continues to fall further and further behind. 

Joel Achenbach, Dan Keating, Laurie McGinley, Akilah Johnson and Jahi Chikwendiu | October 3, 2023

NPR | News The growing racial gap in U.S. census results is raising an expert panel’s concerns 

The widening racial and ethnic gaps in how accurately different populations are counted in the U.S. census threatens the equitable distribution of political representation and federal funding, warns a new report by an expert panel who reviewed the 2020 national head count. Most notably, the estimated net undercount rate at which Latinos were left out of the 2020 census was more than three times the rate in the previous once-a-decade tally. For people who identified as white and not Latino, the net overcount rate — fueled by counting a person more than once at different addresses — almost doubled from 2010 to 2020.

Hansi Lo Wang | October 3, 2023


Washington, D.C.

DC Policy Center | News D.C.’s household growth is predominantly driven by singles aged 25 to 34 

n recent years, the District has lost population but gained households. This growth has been largely driven by singles living by themselves. By 2021, single-person households constituted 48 percent of all households in D.C., up from 42 percent in 2015. During this period, the share of family households—households with multiple related people—declined from 45 percent to 40 percent. Household composition provides important context for other observed outcomes in D.C. For example, it can offer additional insights into why real median household income in D.C. declined by over $8,000 (measured in 2021 dollars) between 2019 and 2021. While, on its face, declining median incomes may suggest that households in D.C. are getting impoverished, household composition data show that we are also observing the impacts of the growth in single-person households (with a single income), especially in the 25 to 34 age group.

Bailey Mcconnell and Yesim Sayin | October 3, 2023

Blog Posts and Reports

AJPH | Report Championing the 2021 New York State Law: A Step Toward Data Disaggregation on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders

Racial and ethnic data aggregation Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NH/PI) individuals into one or two categories do not provide an accurate picture of social needs or health outcomes among communities that identify as such. Addressing these gaps in data is part of advancing data equity, which Lee et al. define as “transparent, critically grounded approach to race and ethnicity data (dis)aggregation necessary to document, understand, and address the health effects of racism.  

Anita Gundanna PhD, Claudia M. Calhoon DPH, Meeta Anand JD, MA, Lloyd Feng , and Vanessa Leung MA | October 5, 2023

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Current Population Survey Modernization Efforts Webinar Series 

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) are set to hold the first in a joint webinar series to share updates and lay the groundwork for improvements to the Current Population Survey (CPS). The CPS is sponsored jointly by the Census Bureau and BLS. It is the primary source of labor force statistics, a key Principal Federal Economic Indicator (PFEI), and is used to collect critical data measuring the nation’s economic and social well-being through supplemental questions to the monthly basic CPS questions. The Annual Social and Economic Supplement’s Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage statistics are an example of this.

Julie Iriondo | October 10, 2023

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Census Bureau Releases New Report on Aging-Ready Homes 

The U.S. Census Bureau today released a new report showing that about 4 million U.S. households with an adult age 65 or older had difficulty living in or using some features of their home. The report, Aging-Ready Homes in the United States—Perception Versus Reality of Aging-Accessibility Needs: 2019, examines whether U.S. homes are prepared for an aging population. This report is based on data from the 2019 American Housing Survey (AHS).

Lewis Liu | October 10, 2023

National Academy of Sciences | Report Assessing the 2020 Census: Final Report | The National Academies Press 

Since 1790, the U.S. census has been a recurring, essential civic ceremony in which everyone counts; it reaffirms a commitment to equality among all, as political representation is explicitly tied to population counts. Assessing the 2020 Census looks at the quality of the 2020 Census and its constituent operations, drawing appropriate comparisons with prior censuses. The report acknowledges the extraordinary challenges the Census Bureau faced in conducting the census and provides guidance as it plans for the 2030 Census. In addition, the report encourages research and development as the goals and designs for the 2030 Census are developed, urging the Census Bureau to establish a true partnership with census data users and government partners at the state, local, tribal, and federal levels.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine | October 3, 2023

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October 2, 2023 Census Coalition Clips


The New York Times | News ‘Close to the Line’: Why More Seniors Are Living in Poverty 

Poverty among older Americans jumped sharply in 2022, the Census Bureau recently announced. Using the supplemental poverty measure, which economists have found is a more accurate reflection of income and spending than the official poverty rate, the proportion of people over age 65 living in poverty climbed from a modern low of 9.5 percent in 2020 to 10.7 percent in 2021.

Paula Span | September 30, 2023

Governing.com | News Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlights Growing Latino Population and Economic Impact 

Hispanic Heritage Month brings an opportunity for an honest reckoning of where we might find new energy to build the country’s future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 78 percent of the new workers entering America’s workforce between 2020 and 2030 will be Hispanic. A September report from the U.S. Census Bureau announced that real median income declined in 2022. While this had not been the case for Hispanic households, their median income was more than $40,000 less than Asian households and almost $20,000 less than “non-Hispanic White” households.

Carl Smith | September 29, 2023

DeseretNews | News New questions on LGBTQ identity could be coming to one of the Census Bureau’s main surveys 

Questions about sexual orientation and gender identity could be coming soon to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, which collects detailed information about American life. Last week, the bureau unveiled its plan for fielding such questions and asked for public comment. “The Census Bureau proposes to test question wording, response categories, and placement of sexual orientation and gender identity questions on the questionnaire,” the plan explains.

Kelsey Dallas | September 28, 2023



Maui Now | News New census data confirms more Native Hawaiians live on continental US than in Hawaiʻi 

Population data from the recent 2020 US Census shows that more native Hawaiians are living in the continental US than in the state of Hawaiʻi. This statistic confirms what research on demographic patterns has been predicting.According to the census data, 55% of Native Hawaiians lived in Hawaiʻi while 45% lived on the continental US in 2010, but in 2020, 47% of Native Hawaiians lived in Hawaiʻi, while 53% resided in other states.

Maui Now Staff | September 30, 2023

New York

The New School | Report The latest Census Bureau data on incomes and poverty show just how far NYC has slipped from pre-pandemic levels in relation to the U.S. overall and the nation’s largest cities 

Comparing major Census indicators for 2019 and 2022 provides a clear picture: New York City is far from economically recovered. New York City inflation-adjusted household incomes have fallen more than in the nation overall, and by the most among the 10 largest U.S. cities. The story is similar when it comes to poverty and child poverty. Both have increased more in New York City over the past three years than in the U.S. or among the 10 largest cities with one exception: child poverty increased faster in Houston than here. 

James A. Parrot | September 27, 2023

Puerto Rico

Geopolitical Economy | News Poverty is growing in Puerto Rico, under US colonialism: 57.6% of children live in poor households 

Poverty in Puerto Rico, under US colonialism, is getting worse over time, not better. More than two-fifths of Puerto Ricans suffer from poverty, and nearly three-fifths of Puerto Rican children live in poor households. In 2022, the poverty rate in the colonized US “territory” grew from 40.5% to 41.7%, according to US Census Bureau data. A staggering 57.6% of Puerto Rican children live in poverty. And 38.8% of families are below the poverty line.

Ben Norton | September 26, 2023

Blog Posts and Reports

The Census Project | Blog CR Gives Congress More Time for FY 2024 Appropriations Decisions 

A federal government shutdown has been averted, for now. The President signed a continuing resolution (CR) (H.R. 5860) into law late on September 30, 2023, extending funding for most of the federal government at Fiscal Year 2023 (FY 2023) until November 17, including the U.S. Census Bureau, and prohibiting funding from being used to initiate or resume any project that wasn’t already funded in FY 2023. It passed the House by a 335-91 vote, then the Senate 88-9, before being signed by the President.

The Census Project | October 2, 2023

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Census Bureau Provides Interactive Map of Homeownership Data From the 2020 Census 

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released an interactive map illustrating 2020 Census data about homeownership by the age, race and ethnicity of the householder. The map provides data at the national, state and county levels and data from the 2010 Census for comparison. The Census Bureau also released the brief Housing Characteristics: 2020, which provides an overview of homeownership, renters, vacant housing and other 2020 Census housing statistics previously released through the 2020 Census Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC).

Public Information Office | September 28, 2023

U.S. Census Bureau | Press Release Census Bureau Releases Data on Nation’s Vehicle Inventory and Use 

The U.S. Census Bureau today released data on the nation’s inventory and use of selected vehicles. The Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey (VIUS) is a joint partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics and Federal Highway Administration; the U.S. Department of Energy; and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the first release of the physical and operational characteristics of the nation’s vehicle population since 2004.

Kristina Barrett | September 28, 2023

U.S. Census Bureau | Blog Impact of COVID-19 on Passenger and Freight Transportation 

Lockdowns and travel restrictions had a significant impact on the transportation industries but not all segments. Unlike freight transportation industries, estimated revenues for industries supporting passenger transportation saw no increases from 2019 to 2020, according to the 2021 Service Annual Survey (SAS). Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation estimated revenue for employer firms declined 60.0% from $206.8 billion in 2019 to $82.8 billion in 2020. As COVID-19 vaccines were rolled out in early 2021 and some travel restrictions were lifted, the industry began to see a resurgence: revenues increased 60.1% to $132.5 billion. 

Brian Bonner and Tristan St.Onge | September 27, 2023

CATO Institute | News Middle Eastern or North African in U.S. Government Surveys: A Preview of MENA Demographics 

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) seeks to update race and ethnicity statistics in the United States through a proposed revision to the existing 1997 standards. The most consequential update is the proposed creation of a new Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) category, while other updates would combine race and ethnicity into a single question and require additional detail in race reporting. The stated goal is to represent the diverse American population and simplify self‐​reporting on federal surveys and forms. These statistical standards are crucial as they govern civil rights enforcement, federal funding allocation, program eligibility, and statistical reporting. This brief approximates responses to the proposed MENA question, as well as the creation of a new Hispanic or Latino race category, using ancestry and country of origin responses from the American Community Survey (ACS).

Andrew C. Forrester | September 27, 2023

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