Latest U.S. Census Bureau News

Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, census worker Ken Leonard wears a mask as he mans a U.S. Census walk-up counting site set up for Hunt County in Greenville, Texas, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Worries about 2020 census' accuracy grow with cut schedule

Aug. 4, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau is cutting its schedule for data collection for the 2020 census a month short as legislation that would have extended the national head count's deadlines stalls in Congress. The move is worrying researchers, politicians and others who say the change will miss...

This photo from June 26, 2020 shows Buck Newsome, left, a Baby Boomer, and his son, Chris Newsome, of the Millennial generation, as they pose for a photo while having lunch together in Newtown, Ohio. American's two largest generations can agree on something: the coronavirus pandemic has hit them both hard. For Baby Boomers, named for the post-World War II surge of births, that means those who retired or are nearing retirement age are seeing their retirement accounts in a free fall. Millennials, usually defined as those born between 1981 and 1996, who became adults in this century, are getting socked as they were trying to begin careers or moving into peak earning years after many walked off college campuses into the Great Recession. (AP Photo/Dan Sewell)

Sorry, boomers: millennials and younger are new US majority

Aug. 3, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sorry, boomers. Millennials and their younger siblings and children now make up a majority of the U.S. population. A new analysis by the Brookings Institution shows that 50.7% of U.S. residents were under age 40, as of July 2019. The Brookings' analysis of population estimates released...

Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham holds up his mask with the words

With time extension stalled, Census speeds up count schedule

Jul. 31, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau sped up the timetable for crunching 2020 census numbers on Friday after an earlier request for an extension stalled in the Senate and as pressure mounts to turn in data used to determine congressional districts by year's end, when President Donald Trump is still...

Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham wears a mask with the words

Census head wasn't told about Trump district drawing order

Jul. 29, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham testified Wednesday that he wasn’t informed ahead of time about President Donald Trump's order seeking to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from the process of redrawing congressional districts. Dillingham testified during an emergency congressional hearing...

Caleb Antram of Somerset fills out a census form on-line outside of the Somerset Courthouse during the Somerset County commissioners census day party on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.  (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

Experts worry about errors if census schedule is sped up

Jul. 28, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — After asking for coronavirus-related deadline extensions in April, the Trump administration now appears to be abandoning that request by asking Congress for extra funding to wrap up the 2020 census “as quickly, and safely as possible" in a move that could help ensure the...

FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo, two young children hold signs through the car window that make reference to the 2020 U.S. Census as they wait in the car with their family at an outreach event in Dallas. Thousands of census takers are about to begin the most labor-intensive part of America’s once-a-decade headcount (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

California, Florida, Texas lose House seats with Trump order

Jul. 25, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If President Donald Trump succeeds in getting immigrants in the country illegally excluded from being counted in the redrawing of U.S. House districts, California, Florida and Texas would end up with one less congressional seat each than if every resident were counted, according to an...

FILE - Protesters hold banners on the steps of the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre in a Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 file photo.Iowa, South Carolina and South Dakota recently joined Nebraska in agreeing to share driver's license information with the U.S. Census Bureau to help the Trump administration with the controversial task of figuring out the citizenship status of every U.S. resident. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Court challenge ahead for Trump's district drawing order

Jul. 22, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Civil rights groups on Wednesday gave notice in court of their intent to squelch an effort by President Donald Trump to bar people in the U.S. illegally from being included in the head count when congressional districts are redrawn. Civil rights groups already challenging an order...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump's new immigration fight: how to redraw House districts

Jul. 21, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a memorandum Tuesday that seeks to bar people in the U.S. illegally from being included in the headcount as congressional districts are redrawn, a move that drew immediate criticism and promises of court challenges on constitutional grounds. Trump said...

FILE - Protesters hold banners on the steps of the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre in a Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 file photo.Iowa, South Carolina and South Dakota recently joined Nebraska in agreeing to share driver's license information with the U.S. Census Bureau to help the Trump administration with the controversial task of figuring out the citizenship status of every U.S. resident. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

3 more states share license data for citizenship efforts

Jul. 16, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Iowa, South Carolina and South Dakota have now joined Nebraska in agreeing to share state driver's license information with the U.S. Census Bureau to help the Trump administration to determine the citizenship status of every U.S. resident. Until recently, Nebraska had been the sole...

US retail sales jump 7.5% in June, but economy still ails

Jul. 16, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. retail sales climbed a solid 7.5% in June, a sign that the economy was healing right before infections from the coronavirus spiked again and dragged down hopes for a steady recovery. The Census Bureau reported Thursday that retail sales are 1.1% higher than their levels from a year...