Latest U.S. Census Bureau News

Detroit tops list of hard-to-count cities ahead of census

Dec. 12, 2019 3:10 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — When the U.S. Census Bureau starts counting people next year in Detroit, obstacles are bound to arise: The city has tens of thousands of vacant houses, sparse internet access and high poverty — factors that will make it the toughest community to tally. Other Rust Belt towns that have...

Researchers warn Census about accuracy concerns with method

Dec. 11, 2019 12:47 PM EST

A new technique to protect the privacy of participants in the 2020 Census could foster distrust between the Census Bureau and researchers if it results in too many inaccuracies, demographers warned officials Wednesday. The demographers, who study population changes, delivered the message to bureau officials at a...

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...

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....

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...

5 states drag feet on creation of panels to promote Census

Nov. 23, 2019 6:43 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With billions in federal aid and seats in Congress at stake, some states are dragging their feet in carrying out one of the Census Bureau’s chief recommendations for making sure everyone is counted during the 2020 census. Five states — Florida, Louisiana, Nebraska, South...

Nebraska is 1st to share drivers’ records with Census Bureau

Nov. 20, 2019 9:05 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is the first state agreeing to share drivers’ license records with the U.S. Census Bureau as the federal agency tries to comply with President Donald Trump’s order to count the number of U.S. citizens. The Associated Press has learned that the Census Bureau and...

More than half of same-sex couples cohabitating are married

Nov. 19, 2019 2:44 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — New estimates show that more than half of the same-sex couples living together in U.S. households are married. New figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that about 543,000 same-sex couples living together in households were married and 469,000 same-sex couples living...

Correction: Census-Prison Gerrymandering story

Nov. 18, 2019 1:56 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a story Nov. 17 about how the U.S. Census Bureau counts prisoners, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of a Villanova University professor. The correct spelling is Brianna Remster. A corrected version of the story is below: Census counting of prisoners becomes partisan...