Tag Archives: U.S. Census Bureau

US Census: Median Income Rises, Poverty Rate Dips

The Los Angeles Times reports: Steady job growth and the biggest earnings boost on record helped sharply lower the nation’s poverty level last year and finally provided relief to the long-running problem of stagnant incomes. In its annual report on income and poverty, the Census Bureau said Tuesday that the share of people in the U.S. living in poverty dropped ...

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US Census Keeps Marriage Questions

Responding in part to pressure from the Family Research Council, the US Census Bureau has decided to keep the marriage-related questions that appear on the survey it sends to nearly 300,000 households every month. The bureau had proposed eliminating questions from the American Community Survey that asked respondents whether they have been married, widowed or divorced within the past year. ...

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Popular Street Names By State

From the Washington Post: For decades we have believed that the most popular name for a road was “2nd.” But by my analysis, that crown actually goes to “Park.” (Again, look to the methodology section for a discussion of this.) Out of over a million roads in the United States, 9,640 are named “Park.” Only 8,232 are named “2nd,” or ...

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US Census: Population Is 320M

Via Reuters: The U.S. population is seen at 320.09 million people as of Jan. 1, up 0.73 percent from a year earlier, the Census Bureau said on Monday. The Census Bureau said in a statement that the figure represents an increase of about 11.35 million people, or 3.67 percent, since the last population count on April 1, 2010. “In January ...

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Census: 500K Gays Have Married In USA

Via Gay Star News: Over half a million Americans have married a partner of the same-sex, new Census data released this month reveals. The United States Census Bureau estimated in 2012 that there were only 182,000 same-sex married couples in America. However revised estimates from the bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey upped that figure substantially to nearly 252,000. That figure ...

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Feds: Married Gays Are Now “Families”

Via the Charlotte Observer: New census data released Thursday made a simple but substantial change in categorizing same-sex married couples: They now are considered families. In prior years, the U.S. Census Bureau counted such couples as “unmarried partners,” even if they were legally married. But now, starting with the new annual American Community Survey, they are in among the family ...

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US Census To Count Married Gays

Via the Washington Post: The Census Bureau, which struggles to keep up with the rapid changes in American life, is about to start categorizing same-sex married couples as families. The 2013 American Community Survey results, which will be reported in September, will mark the first time the census integrates an estimated 180,000 same-sex married couples with statistics concerning the nation’s ...

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US Census Drops “Negro”

The US Census will no longer ask citizens if they consider themselves to be “Negro.” The description has come to be viewed as outdated and even offensive by many people in the black community, officials say, so the bureau will reduce the options to “black” or “African-American.” The agency will include the new language next year in its annual American ...

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The Census Wants Advice About Gays

Chris Geidner reports on an unprecedented move by the U.S. Census. The U.S. Census Bureau announced Friday that it is seeking advice on how to address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations in implementing the once-a-decade census. The census, which has never counted LGBT people directly, has indirectly referenced gay people through its count of same-sex married couples and “unmarried ...

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LGBT Couples Are More Mixed

More number crunching from the 2010 census.

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Feds With A Sense Of Humor

Australian feds, actually.

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Age, Income, Kids: New Study Says Gay Families Similar To Straight Families

According to new study of U.S. Census Bureau data performed by researchers at UCLA, there’s not much difference between straight families and gay couples who report themselves as married. Same-sex couples who identify as married are similar to straight spouses in terms of age and income, and nearly one-third of them are raising children, according to Census data released Monday ...

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Our Solo-Centric Island

New information from the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that just over half of Manhattan’s residences are home to just one person, the highest such level in the nation. More than half of all Manhattan residents are living alone — and the number of singles in the city is continuing to rise to historic levels, new Census Bureau data show. That ...

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Census Bureau: No Counting Gay Marriages

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it will not be counting gay marriages in its 2010 nationwide count of Americans and how they live. In fact they will “edit” the responses of legally married gay couples to change their status to “unmarried partners.” The U.S. Census Bureau, reacting to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and other mandates, plans to ...

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