Latest United States Census News

Census Bureau head says IT concerns are being remedied

Dec. 9, 2019 2:13 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Information technology problems at the U.S. Census Bureau have been fixed or are in the process of being remedied, despite recent reports raising concerns about the bureau’s preparedness for the 2020 Census, the agency’s director said Monday. Census Bureau director Steven...

Rhode Island launches online tool to compare census records

Dec. 8, 2019 12:22 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s secretary of state has announced the launch of a free online resource to explore and compare centuries of data from state and federal census records in Rhode Island. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said the “ Count Me In!” data was launched to...

6 apply for Missouri's nonpartisan redistricting post

Dec. 5, 2019 2:11 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — About half a dozen people have applied for an influential new job in Missouri to draw state legislative districts under a nationally unique mandate to achieve “partisan fairness” and “competitiveness" in elections. Missouri's “nonpartisan state...

Court fight begins over redrawing of Nevada voting districts

Dec. 3, 2019 5:43 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A court battle has begun over a League of Women Voters of Nevada effort to amend the state constitution to have an appointed commission, instead of the state Legislature, redraw congressional and legislative voting districts following the 2020 U.S. Census. League President Sondra Cosgrove...

Census Bureau: Drop in college students over past 7 years

Dec. 3, 2019 4:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Census Bureau says 2.2 million fewer students were enrolled in school last year compared to seven years earlier, with the bulk of the dip coming from college enrollment. The Census Bureau on Tuesday said the decline in college enrollment was particularly acute among those 30 or older....

Alaska redistricting planning committee set to begin meeting

Dec. 3, 2019 9:39 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The committee that will plan Alaska’s redistricting that occurs every 10 years is set to begin meeting, officials said. The state’s Redistricting Planning Committee is scheduled to hold its first meeting Wednesday in Anchorage, KTOO-FM reported Monday. Redistricting...

Report says computer systems could hamper Census hiring

Dec. 2, 2019 12:26 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Census Bureau’s ability to recruit and hire hundreds of thousands of workers in time for next spring’s head count could be hampered by underperforming computer systems for hiring and payroll, according to an Inspector General’s report released last week. But...

House Oversight panel sues Barr, Ross over census documents

Nov. 26, 2019 6:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Oversight Committee sued two top Trump administration officials Tuesday for refusing to produce documents related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross “have not produced a single...

Data: More work from home in US, Virginia and DC area

Nov. 26, 2019 6:10 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More Americans are working from home, and that’s especially true in Virginia and in the Washington, D.C., metro area, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Nationally, the proportion of workers who work from home rose from 4.3% in 2010 to 5.3% last year, the data...

Judge won’t block Michigan’s new redistricting commission

Nov. 25, 2019 6:48 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to block the creation of a Michigan commission to draw seats in Congress and the state Legislature after the 2020 census. Republicans sued, claiming illegal provisions in the 2018 amendment to the state constitution. The 13-member commission is an...