Latest United States Census News

Abortion ruling puts spotlight on gerrymandered legislatures

Jul. 03, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

In overturning a half-century of nationwide legal protection for abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Roe v. Wade had been wrongly decided and that it was time to “return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives” in the states. Whether those elected...

Arizona county had largest white, Black, Hispanic growth

Jun. 30, 2022 15:44 PM EDT

Metro Phoenix's Maricopa County had among the biggest population growth in white, Black, American Indian and Hispanic residents last year, as well as the biggest increase overall of any U.S. county. Meanwhile, Riverside and San Bernardino counties in California's Inland Empire also had some of the...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 23, 2022 02:34 AM EDT

Lancaster Online/LNP. June 15, 2022. Editorial: As cost of farmland soars, next generation of farmers finding ways to get a foothold Farmland in Lancaster County is valuable — increasingly valuable — in more ways than one. It’s essential to the...

Feds taking first steps toward revising race, ethnic terms

Jun. 16, 2022 15:14 PM EDT

The federal government is taking preliminary steps toward revising racial and ethnic classifications that have not been changed in a quarter century following calls for more accurate categories for how people identify themselves in federal data gathering. The revisions could open the...

House panel passes bill meant to stop census misinformation

Jun. 15, 2022 13:55 PM EDT

A U.S. House committee approved a bill Wednesday that would outlaw the distribution of fake or misleading materials resembling census forms or other materials that could prevent people from participating in the nation's head count. The Democratic-controlled House Committee on...

Democrats, GOP take contrasting views on LGBTQ survey bill

Jun. 14, 2022 17:05 PM EDT

An effort to be more inclusive or the federal government being too nosy? Democrats and Republicans took starkly contrasting views Tuesday of proposed legislation that would put voluntary questions about sexual orientation and gender identity on federal demographic surveys. The...

Republican intraparty duels feature in North Dakota primary

Jun. 14, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An unusually large number of Republican races for legislative seats in North Dakota's primary on Tuesday may help lure voters for an election where turnout has typically been anemic. Ninety-eight of the Legislature's 141 seats are on the ballot due in part to...

Judge expedites lawsuit seeking new Virginia House elections

Jun. 13, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday agreed to an accelerated schedule for a new lawsuit that seeks to force members of Virginia's Republican-controlled House of Delegates to face unscheduled elections this fall. House elections in 2021 were supposed to be the first held...

Examples of sexual orientation, gender ID survey questions

Jun. 11, 2022 08:35 AM EDT

The U.S. Census Bureau is requesting $10 million to study the best way to ask about sexual orientation and gender identity, aiming to gather better data on the nation’s LGBTQ population. Here are some of the questions about sexual orientation and gender identity that other federal agencies ask in...

Census wants to know how to ask about sexuality and gender

Jun. 11, 2022 08:31 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The 2020 census questionnaire drove Scout crazy. With no direct questions about sexual orientation and gender identity, it made him feel left out of the U.S. head count. Among LGBTQ people, the census only asked about same-sex couples living together, and...