A reporter last week asked me if many people cared about the release of individual records from the 1940 Census. "Are they just a historic relic?" was the followup from someone else unimpressed that the general public would finally have access to more than 100 million census records locked away for 72 years.
Just 302,000 new homes were sold in 2011, 6.2% below 2010 and the lowest number of annual sales since the government started tracking home sales in 1963.
For the first time ever, a majority of working women received paid maternity leave, according to a new study. But the U.S. still has a long way to go to catch up to the rest of the industrialized world.
There were more than 49 million Americans living in poverty in 2010, under an alternative measure released by the Census Bureau Monday.
Counting the number of American households with same-sex couples proved difficult, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday in presenting revised estimates for its 2010 figures.
Without help from the federal government, millions more people would have sunk below the poverty line in 2010, U.S. Census data shows.
The South has the highest rate of divorce and the Northeast has the lowest, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report.
As the foreclosure crisis continues to wreak havoc on the housing market, a source of national pride has taken a sour turn. Home ownership is on the decline and, according to a recent Morgan Stanley report, the United States is fast becoming a nation of renters.
While the overall job market was crippled by the effects of the Great Recession, some sectors never stopped hiring.
There is a correction on this story.
City officials will formally challenge the Census Bureau's data for New York City, which Mayor Michael Bloomberg said understated the number of residents in Brooklyn and Queens and overstated the number of vacant housing units in the city.
The latest data from the Census Bureau confirms what everyone already knew: New York is the most populous city in the country -- and growing.
The growing Hispanic population in the United States has reached a new milestone, topping 50 million, or 16.3% of the nation, officially solidifying its position as the country's second-largest group, U.S. Census Bureau officials said Thursday.
Conventional wisdom states that college-educated workers earn higher salaries because their jobs require more education and advanced skills.
Black-owned firms grew faster -- both in number and sales -- than U.S. firms did as a whole over a five-year period, according to the latest data available from the Census Bureau.
Once upon a time, the U.S. Census Bureau was a thriving hub of technological innovation.
Do you work at home? If so, you've got a lot of company.
The announcement by the U.S. Census Bureau that the population stood at 308,745,538 on April 1 is a number for which many people have been waiting.
The population of the United States grew 9.7% to 308.7 million people over the past decade -- the slowest rate of growth since the Great Depression -- the Census Bureau reported on Tuesday.
Ongoing economic, financial and housing woes continue to hit Americans where they live -- or used to.
The number of people with health insurance in the United States dropped for the first time in 23 years, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday.
The U.S. Census Bureau is giving back almost a quarter of the money it received to do its job this year.
The U.S. Census Bureau is giving back almost a quarter of the money it received to do its job this year.
For the past eight weeks, census workers have been knocking on doors and ringing bells all across America -- but in some cases, they've been nixing questions about race and ethnicity, says a new government report.
The booming Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area added more residents during the past decade than any other city in the United States.
You've probably saw the ad campaign encouraging you to take 10 minutes to answer 10 questions and fill out your census form. The Census Bureau wanted everyone to put their completed forms in the mail by April 1, National Census Day.
The army of U.S. Census Bureau personnel poised to fan out across the country will find out Wednesday approximately how many doors they're going to be knocking on to complete this year's nationwide survey.
Your best bet at keeping your personal census information safe is through the lick of an envelope, not the click of a mouse.
For Muslims living in the United States, the call to prayer requires a response at least five times a day. But when the U.S. Census Bureau comes calling once every 10 years, some Arab-Americans still hesitate to return the survey.
CNN's Richard Roth reports on the effort to get Arab Americans to fill out the 2010 Census.
You've probably seen the ad campaign encouraging you to take 10 minutes to answer 10 questions and fill out your census form. The Census Bureau wants everyone to put their completed forms in the mail by April 1, National Census Day.
This week, you'll find a 2010 census survey in your mailbox. And it may be followed shortly thereafter by a call or e-mail from con artists pretending to be from the government.
Tax revenue at the state and local levels grew for the first time in the past five quarters, according to government data released on Tuesday.
Don't mess with Texas! Cities in the Lone Star State were among the fastest growing places in 2009.
The Census Bureau estimated Monday that Americans could save the federal government $1.5 billion by mailing their 2010 census forms instead of waiting for a census taker to show up at the door.
A year after the financial crisis hit its nadir and the market plunged to a 12-year low, stocks have recovered but investors remain wary.
Christopher Guest makes wry, drily amusing films. His improvisational movies, such as "Best in Show," "For Your Consideration" and "A Mighty Wind," have their fans, but -- as box office receipts indicate -- they're not for everybody.
The Census Bureau is advertising in the Super Bowl, trying to convince as many people as possible to participate in its once-a-decade nationwide head count.
It's almost that time: the once-a-decade-moment when the U.S. Bureau of the Census tries to determine the population.
In another ominous sign for state budgets nationwide, state and local governments reported another drop in overall tax revenue on Tuesday.
Civil rights leaders Wednesday lobbied Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and top Census Bureau officials to press for a better count of African-Americans in the 2010 census.
Peter Dziedzic and his husband, Jay Judas, aren't quite sure yet which of them will be designated the head of household when they fill out the 2010 census form in April.
The 2010 Census is nearly under way, but don't expect an e-mail from the U.S. Census Bureau asking you personal questions in its head count of America.
A new study from the government Tuesday showed a wide disparity in health care coverage across the United States.
Of all the commuters in America, residents of a small town in eastern Pennsylvania spend the most time behind the wheel, according to the Census Bureau.
The Census Bureau is breathing a sigh of relief after a problem-plagued project to go high-tech recently cleared a big hurdle.
Talk to a dozen students on any college campus and you're likely to hear a dozen different perspectives on what they hope to get out of college. Some want high GPAs; some want to get into the work force and earn a lot of money.
In a strong sign that the housing market may be picking up, builder confidence in April made its most dramatic increase in nearly seven years, according to an industry report.
On April 1, I got ambushed by Democrats. Upon returning from the House floor, I found that my living quarters in my office had been sabotaged by staffers of Rep. Jared Polis.
The Census Bureau on Friday sent Congress its plan to create jobs with the $1 billion it received under the Obama administration's $787 billion stimulus measure.
Utah is the nation's fastest growing state, increasing 2.5 percent from July 2007 to July 2008, according to new population estimates from the Census Bureau.
Participation in government health insurance programs -- particularly those aimed at children -- increased from 2006 to 2007, leading to a decrease in the number of Americans lacking insurance, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday.
The government offered more discouraging news about the housing sector on Tuesday, reporting that new home sales rose slightly in July only after revising the previous month's number sharply lower.
More women in their early 40s are childless, and those who are having children are having fewer than ever before, the Census Bureau said Monday
Home building fell sharply in July to a 17-year low, according to government readings released Tuesday that offered fresh signs that the battered real estate market has yet to hit bottom.
The United States will look very different by the middle of the 21st century - the country will be much more racially diverse and a lot older, according to a U.S. Census Bureau projection released Thursday.
After being pummeled by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans is showing signs of recovery - ranking as the fastest-growing large city in the nation, according to a government report released Thursday.
The Census Bureau has scaled back its dress rehearsal for the head count, raising fears that many hard-to-reach people will go uncounted in 2010
New home sales fell to their lowest level in 13 years in February, according to a key government report on the battered housing market released Wednesday.
December Wholesale inventories increased 1.1% and sales fell 0.7% from November, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Friday.
The housing and mortgage meltdown caused the biggest one-year drop in the rate of homeownership on record, according to government figures released Tuesday.
New home sales posted the biggest drop on record in 2007, according to the government's latest look at the battered housing market, as a year that saw a meltdown in the mortgage market and a drop in home values ended with yet more signs of weakness.
Housing starts and building permits plunged in December much more than expected, resulting in a full-year decline in new home construction that was the sharpest drop in 27 years.
The number of vacant homes for sale rose in the third quarter, according to the latest government reading that casts new harsh light on the weakness of the housing market.
The mortgage bomb hit the demand for new homes even harder than expected in August, leaving the nation's builders with their weakest level of sales since the summer of 2000, when the nation was struggling with a stock market collapse, rising interest rates and a looming recession.
Back in the early 1960s, Bob Dylan informed us that the times were a-changin'. He was right, at least ethnically; America was, back then, a very different place.
The outlook for the housing sector has grown bleaker after a key measure of builder confidence fell to its lowest level in 10 years, according to a government report released Wednesday.
The number of adults without health insurance jumped by 2 million from 2005 to 2006, according to a new federal report
In the latest sign of weakness in the housing market, there are now a record number of homes sitting vacant and for sale in the United States, and the percentage of Americans owning a home has slipped slightly.
Homebuilder Lennar said Tuesday its profit plummeted 73 percent in the latest quarter amid ongoing weakness in the housing market and turmoil in the subprime mortgage sector.
New home prices took their biggest hit in more than 35 years in September, the government said Thursday, the latest sign that builders are struggling to unload a glut of unsold homes as the nation's real estate market cools.
The United States became a nation of 300 million people Tuesday morning, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
At 7:46 ET Tuesday morning, the United States will become a nation of 300 million people, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
American families are paying an increasingly large portion of their incomes for housing, putting a squeeze on household budgets, according to a survey published Tuesday by the Census Bureau.
The average American household earned more money last year than in 2004, according to a Census Bureau report released Tuesday.
The notion of a typical "mom and pop" business is getting a makeover, the government reported Thursday.
Whether or not Americans are better off these days is a loaded political question. But one thing's for sure - their homes keep getting bigger.
Home builders hit the brakes in March, cutting the number of housing starts and new permits in the face of rising mortgage rates and a growing glut of new homes on the market.
Sales of new homes tumbled 11 percent in November, the biggest drop in more than a decade, in another sign pointing to a slowdown in the nation's real estate market.
Business inventories rose 0.5 percent in September to $1.28 trillion, and the ratio of inventory to sales hit a record low, the Census Bureau said Wednesday.
There's a reason it's called the promised land.
Boom goes the growth rate of businesses owned by minorities and women.
NOTES: Data as of 2004 unless otherwise noted. N.A.: Not applicable or not available.  As of 2000.  Price volatility since 1980. SOURCES: Fiserv CSW, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Housing and Development, National Association of Realtors.
Poverty and hunger are problems that many Americans relegate to the Third World. But the steady growth of poverty has left millions of American families afraid they won't have enough money to put food on the table.
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