Latest U.S. Census Bureau News

New US race, ethnicity standards proposed; first since '97

Jan. 26, 2023 15:07 PM EST

A Middle Eastern and North African category could be added to U.S. federal surveys and censuses, and changes could be made to how Hispanics are able to self-identify, under preliminary recommendations released Thursday by the Biden administration in what would be the first update to race and...

World population projected at 7.9 billion on New Year's Day

Dec. 29, 2022 13:55 PM EST

The world population is projected to be 7.9 billion people on New Year's Day 2023, with 73.7 million people added since New Year's Day 2022, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. That marks a 0.9% increase in the world population over the past year. During January 2023, 4.3 births...

Census Bureau chief defends new privacy tool against critics

Nov. 28, 2022 13:04 PM EST

The U.S. Census Bureau's chief is defending a new tool meant to protect the privacy of people participating in the statistical agency's questionnaires against calls to abandon it by prominent researchers who claim it jeopardizes the usefulness of numbers that are the foundation of the nation’s...

Justice Dept begins probe of Massachusetts police department

Nov. 15, 2022 15:42 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced an investigation into whether the police department in Massachusetts' second-largest city routinely uses excessive force or discriminates against residents based on race or gender. The civil investigation into the Worcester...

Colorado votes to dedicate $300 million annually to housing

Nov. 14, 2022 14:06 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Facing sky-high housing prices, Colorado residents have voted to direct an estimated $300 million a year to affordable housing projects by rewriting the state’s tax law. As housing crises bubble up nationwide, the measure was the only statewide affordable housing...