Latest U.S. Census Bureau News

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...

Census: Detailed age, sex data may be limited based on place

Oct. 28, 2022 16:25 PM EDT

Want to know the age and sex breakdown of people of Japanese ancestry in your U.S. state or territory? You may not be able to get that information in the future if you live in North Dakota or Puerto Rico under a new plan the U.S. Census Bureau is putting together to protect the...

Hurricane hit areas led US with missing 2020 census data

Oct. 06, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

Two Louisiana parishes devastated by repeated hurricanes and two rural Nebraska counties had among the highest rates of households with missing information about themselves during the 2020 census that required the U.S. Census Bureau to use a last-resort statistical technique to fill in data gaps,...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 25, 2022 11:48 AM EDT

Hartford Courant. September 21, 2022. Editorial: A state trooper’s humanity toward a veteran is a lesson to all You really have to see the bodycam video. But if you don’t get that chance, take our word for it: the Connecticut State Police trooper...

Marker in tiny Missouri hamlet denotes US population center

Sep. 21, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

HARTVILLE, Mo. (AP) — It's not every day that a small hamlet in the Missouri Ozarks is in the middle of everything, but that was the case for tiny Wright County on Wednesday as officials from the nation's capital unveiled a marker designating a spot there as the center of population in the United...

Detroit sues Census in 2nd fight over population counts

Sep. 20, 2022 17:10 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit sued the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday over population estimates from last year that show it lost an additional 7,100 residents, opening another front against the agency in a battle over how the city's people have been counted in the past two years. Mayor...

Report: Some census takers who fudged data didn't get fired

Sep. 18, 2022 16:35 PM EDT

Some census takers who falsified information during the 2020 count didn't have their work redone fully, weren't fired in a timely manner and in some cases even received bonuses, according to the U.S. Commerce Department's watchdog group. The findings released Friday by the Office of...

House OKs bill to curb political interference with census

Sep. 15, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation Thursday intended to make it harder for future presidents to interfere with the once-a-decade census that determines political power and federal funding, a move that comes in response to the Trump’s administration’s failed effort to make a...