Countries across the Americas are tweaking their census to better understand their population, allowing them to create more responsive policies. The US still has a ways to go.
When the Census Bureau’s count of the population is inaccurate, it affects representation and government spending. Correcting errors isn’t always allowed.
As the country grew, each census required greater effort than the last. That problem led to the invention of the punched card – and the birth of an industry.
The US Census Bureau has announced which states will gain and lose representation in Congress as a result of the 2020 census. Here’s how it makes the calculations.
When voters in November pick among the candidates for state legislatures, they are choosing the people who will make the new electoral maps for congressional elections.
The census will likely count fewer Black Americans, Indigenous peoples, Asian Americans and Americans of Hispanic or Latino origin than there actually are.
An accurate census requires good data in and good data out. With the 2020 census, the US has unprecedented challenges with both.
Emily Klancher Merchant, a historian of science and technology at the University of California at Davis, shares some of the most interesting stories behind the 2020 census questionnaire
African Americans, young children and rural Americans are a few of the groups at risk of being undercounted in this year’s census.
It’s important to strike a balance between protecting Americans’ privacy and having accurate statistics for governments and businesses to make data-based decisions.
How accurate will the 2020 census be? A demographer explains which communities are hard to count, how the coronavirus could affect the process and what’s at stake.
The United States is at risk of lacking data from more than 10 million undocumented immigrants in the 2020 census.
Countries have been trying to count their populations since the Han dynasty in China.
The 2020 census will now count some groups differently than it has in the past. That could make a difference in the final count – affecting which states receive funding and congressional seats.
Census data are used to determine federal funding on everything from highway construction to poverty services. With many students heading back to their parents’ homes, college towns may take a hit.
Native Americans who live in villages and on traditional lands have been undercounted by the U.S. Census for decades.
A quarter of Americans, many of them non-white, are worried about data privacy and confidentiality in the 2020 census.
Collecting census data online creates new risks to the accuracy and integrity of the information. Here’s what to be aware of.
The results of the 1920 census kicked off a bitter, decadelong political squabble. Could the same happen again in 2020?
People living in rural and small town America have much at stake in the 2020 census. But census participation tends to be lower in rural areas.