Latest United States Census News

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo, U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham testifies during a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The bureau says it has developed two secure data-collection systems, so that if one goes down during the census count, the other can substitute. Other mechanisms are in place to prevent failure and backup plans in case the worst happens. “All systems are go,

Shift to digital census raises fear of Iowa-like breakdown

Feb. 15, 2020 9:07 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The stakes are high when a major civic exercise involves a large population, new technology that has not been thoroughly tested and an entire country waiting on the results. Just ask the organizers of the Iowa caucuses, which offered a cautionary tale on the technological woes that...

Census, community groups work to accurately count Hispanics

Feb. 15, 2020 3:06 AM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Spanish music played in the streets of Beechview as a restaurant worked through its lunch crowd. Spanish-language signs advertising products filled the windows of the Las Palmas IGA Market on Broadway as customers of all ethnicities filtered in and out, purchasing authentic Mexican food....

By 2060, a quarter of U.S. residents will be over age 65

Feb. 13, 2020 7:04 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — By 2060, almost a quarter of all U.S. residents will be over age 65, and life expectancy will reach an all-time high of 85 years, according to new reports the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday. The growth in life expectancy in the U.S. over the next four decades is expected to be...

FILE - In a Wednesday, July 24, 2019 file photo, U.S. Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham testifies before the House Oversight subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. With the start of the 2020 census just a month away for most U.S. residents, Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham is going to Capitol Hill Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 to update lawmakers about the agency's readiness for the federal government’s largest peacetime operation.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Report: Census Bureau at risk of not being ready for count

Feb. 12, 2020 4:42 PM EST

With the start of the 2020 census just a month away for most U.S. residents, the U.S. Census Bureau is behind in recruiting workers and establishing partnerships with civic groups, and it is at risk of missing some informational technology testing goals, according to a report released Wednesday. While the...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, file photo, U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham addresses state and Alaska Native leaders in Anchorage, Alaska. With six weeks to go until most U.S. residents start filling out the 2020 Census questionnaire, an Inspector General’s report says the Census Bureau hasn’t tested a new process designed to help catch people who lie on their forms. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, FIle)

New Twitter tool links users to accurate census information

Feb. 11, 2020 6:45 PM EST

Twitter has rolled out a new tool to help users find accurate information about this year's U.S. Census. People who search for census-related terms will automatically see a link to the federal government's census website, which contains information about participating in the census, what information is collected...

FILE- In this Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 photo Williamson, W.Va., is seen across the border from Kentucky. West Virginia relies the most of any U.S. state on federal money that is guided by the once-a-decade census, according to a new update of a long-running study. Federal funding represents more than 16% of the personal income in West Virginia, according to an update released this week to the study led by Andrew Reamer at George Washington University. (AP Photo/Tyler Evert, File)

Study: West Virginia relies most on census-guided funding

Feb. 11, 2020 12:30 PM EST

West Virginia relies the most of any U.S. state on federal money that is guided by the once-a-decade census, according to a new update of a long-running study. Federal funding represents more than 16% of the personal income in West Virginia, according to an update released this week to the study led by Andrew...

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, right, on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, signed legislation that ramps up spending aimed at encouraging participation in the 2020 Census, during a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M. The new law devotes an additional $8 million to promote census participation and safeguard federal spending based in New Mexico. Lujan Grisham also spoke in favor of a bill that would provide a tuition-free education to 55,000 students at public colleges and universities. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico triples spending on census participation

Feb. 10, 2020 7:45 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers have ramped up state spending aimed at encouraging participation in the 2020 Census across remote rural landscapes where gaps in internet access pose a challenge to the federal population count. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation Monday that...

FILE - In this June 27, 2019, file photo, demonstrators gather at the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington. A prominent Latino organization said Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau needs to explicitly communicate there will be no citizenship question ahead of the 2020 count, or risk undercounting minority groups. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Latino group say Census must dispel doubts on citizenship

Feb. 10, 2020 4:41 PM EST

A prominent Latino organization said Monday the U.S. Census Bureau needs to explicitly communicate there will be no citizenship question ahead of the 2020 count __ or risk undercounting minority groups. Arturo Vargas, CEO of the NALEO Education Fund, said the effort by the Trump administration to include the...

Connecticut launches new website with Census information

Feb. 9, 2020 12:45 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new website has been launched to provide Connecticut residents with reliable information about the 2020 U.S. Census. Accessible at www.ct.gov/census, the site includes links with information about Census jobs, facts about the Census and the importance of an accurate count to...

Illinois poised to lose rural Congress seat after census

Feb. 9, 2020 9:36 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — A congressional district in southern Illinois is expected to disappear following the 2020 census, raising concerns from about the redistricting process that determines the number of seats a state gets in Congress. The 15th Congressional District, which stretches across nearly 15,000...