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Driving Blind: The Dangers of Defunding the Census

Arturo Vargas | Posted 05.14.2012 | Latino Voices
Arturo Vargas

It's Public Policy 101: before you step, you should look. Before charting a course and spending money, lawmakers should get the information they need to make the best decision.

Michael McAuliff

Census Boss: House Bill 'Devastates' America's Data | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the U.S. Census Bureau hammered the House of Representatives on Friday for passing a bill that he said "devastates" the nati...

Michael McAuliff

House Votes To End Census Survey Done Since Jefferson's Time | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The House voted Wednesday to eliminate the detailed surveys of America that have been conducted by the Census Bureau since the nation...

Voter Registration Among Latinos, Blacks: Up Or Down?

Posted 05.07.2012 | Latino Voices

Has voter registration among Latinos and African-Americans gone up or down since the 2008 election? Considering how important these two voting blo...

Surprising Group More Likely To Live With Parents

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.26.2012 | Business

Apparently having a warm little nest makes it tough to leave home. Young adults from affluent families are more likely to live at home than their ...

Amalía Has Two Easters

Eleni Gage | Posted 06.23.2012 | Parents
Eleni Gage

I hope the parents of all the other children of cross-cultural and interracial marriages -- even those who only count because of the new census -- have found their world similarly expanded.

Setting Unrealistic Expectations to Commemorate Earth Day

Joan Michelson | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business
Joan Michelson

This progress is too slow and not audacious enough. We need Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG). What has to happen to flip the current energy paradigm, where oil is 3.6 percent of our energy consumption?

Ancestors of Michelle Obama in the 1940 Census

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.15.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

The cost for nine relatives of the First Lady -- including her mother, grandparents and great-grandparents -- to rent these cozy quarters in 1940? $45 a month or roughly the equivalent of $737 today.

Penguin Population Shows Surprising Shift In New Satellite-Based Tally

Reuters | Pauline Askin | Posted 06.12.2012 | Science

By Pauline Askin SYDNEY (Reuters) - Counting emperor penguins in their icy Antarctic habitat was not easy until researchers used new te...

Find Al Capone (And Your Family) In 1940 Miami Census Data

The Huffington Post | Christiana Lilly | Posted 05.09.2012 | Miami

In 1940, there were only four cities in the county we didn't yet call Miami-Dade. Thanks to the National Archives, who last week released handwrit...

Celebrities in the 1940 Census

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.04.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

One has to wonder if nine-year-old Neil Armstrong, who once spent his days walking around St. Mary's, Ohio, ever imagined that he would eventually be the first to walk on the moon.

Make History in Your Pajamas

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.30.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

On April 2nd, after a long wait of 72 years, the 1940 census will be released, and in a historic first, the collection will emerge online in digitized form -- a remarkable snapshot of a nation still recovering from the Great Depression and not yet aware of its approaching entry into war.

New Report Illustrates Influential Size Of Young Latino Population

Posted 02.23.2012 | Latino Voices

While 2010 Census data showed us how quickly the Latino population has grown in just ten years, a new statistical portrait released Tuesday by the Pew...

The Viral Immigration Meme: Did You See The Success Story?

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | Posted 03.18.2012 | Latino Voices
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

"We all see what we want to see," someone wrote as a Facebook comment for this picture. What do you see when you look at it?

Americans Demonstrate Changed Attitudes Towards Poverty Since the 2008 Economic Crisis

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 02.25.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

The silver lining of the 2008 crisis might be that more Americans start seeing poverty for what it is: not something anyone "deserves."

Mapping Out New York's Wealthiest And Poorest Neighborhoods

Posted 12.08.2011 | New York

WNYC has built an interesting map using data from the Census Bureau to highlight the city's wealthiest and poorest neighborhoods. The data, which ...

Extending Payroll Tax Cut Would Keep 1.1 Million People Out of Poverty

Arloc Sherman | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Arloc Sherman

The goal of a payroll tax holiday is to temporarily shore up consumer spending for working households; no one would mistake it for targeted antipoverty policy. Yet, it does have the added benefit of reducing poverty.

UPDATED - Coming Soon: A New 1st (And All the Others) Ward

Joe Moreno | Posted 02.05.2012 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

Every decade Chicago's 50 aldermen redraw the fifty wards that make up our city. For the last two weeks, this remap process has been extremely time-consuming, divisive and painful for a few of my colleagues.

Senior Population Hits 40-Million Plus: Census

ABC News | Posted 12.03.2011 | Fifty

Good news for seniors: It's getting easier to get a date. That's one takeaway from a U.S. Census Bureau number crunch on older Americans. The senior p...

John Celock

States Grapple With Maps | John Celock | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

Redistricting fights are springing up nationwide as states grapple with the final stages of redrawing state legislative and congressional district lin...

Michael McAuliff

War On Information: Budget Cuts Eliminate Data On Job Creators | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress focuses much of its attention on job creators and taxes, it's cutting funds to the agency that provides data on where job cr...

Numbers Or Faces: Which Tells The True Story Of Poverty?

Joel John Roberts | Posted 01.14.2012 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

I sometimes wonder if announcements from the government on embarrassing data related to poverty are intentionally confusing in order to shield the rea...

Surreal Republican Scam

Bernard Radfar | Posted 01.09.2012 | Comedy
Bernard Radfar

New York Times: What is the biggest secret you were told and asked not to repeat? Woody Allen: That it's not a surreal practical joke: Those Republica...

New Supplemental Poverty Measure Doesn't Change Reality

Elizabeth Lower-Basch | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Lower-Basch

However we measure it, poverty is unacceptably high and hardship is unacceptably widespread, and no focus on technical issues can obscure that fact.

It's Not How We Measure Poverty, but Whether We Act

Mark Shriver | Posted 01.04.2012 | Impact
Mark Shriver

The Census Bureau is set to roll out a new way of measuring poverty in the United States, according to a front-page story in today's New York Times. ...