To overhaul an election redistricting process tainted by gerrymandering, Michigan has adopted a governance mechanism prominent 2,500 years ago in ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy.
The census will likely count fewer Black Americans, Indigenous peoples, Asian Americans and Americans of Hispanic or Latino origin than there actually are.
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.
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.
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.
As the country grew, each census required greater effort than the last. That problem led to the invention of the punched card.
The 2020 census and congressional apportionment have dominated the headlines in recent months. What could it all mean for the average American voter?
Demographers have figured out a simple and effective way to estimate the number of unauthorized immigrants – even without information on citizenship.
In the US, poverty is measured by income level. But that measure misses many other aspects of poverty – like unemployment, poor health and a lack of health insurance.
In 2010, approximately 1 million children under the age of 5 were not counted in the census. That meant less state funding for critical services like Early Head Start and SNAP.
For the first time in decades, the 2020 census will include a question asking whether or not each counted person is a citizen. On April 23, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on this idea.
If undocumented immigrants choose not to fill out the questionnaire, then the official population of several states would deflate, costing them House seats and federal funding.
The government collects reams of economic data that are vital to the functioning of companies, policymakers and even families.
Around 1 in 8 Americans was poor in 2017. That doesn't compare well to other developed nations.
More than two dozen states and cities are suing over a controversial new citizenship question.
Researchers analyze social media data to gain useful insights into modern society and culture. But it's important to protect users' privacy. How can both ends meet?