Latest U.S. Census Bureau News

Report: Births decline in pandemic may have turned corner

Sep. 21, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

While there has been a decline in births in the U.S. during the pandemic, a new report released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau suggests the drop may have turned a corner last March as births started rebounding. The decline in births was most noticeable at the end of...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 17, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. September 14, 2021. Editorial: 4 reasons CT still needs Gov. Lamont’s emergency powers It’s still too early to end Gov. Ned Lamont’s emergency powers, though it seems a lifetime since the legislature first granted him...

Census: Relief programs staved off hardship in COVID crash

Sep. 14, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Massive government relief passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic moved millions of Americans out of poverty last year, even as the official poverty rate increased slightly, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. The official poverty measure rose 1...

Census experts find no political influence in state totals

Sep. 14, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

Outside experts found no evidence of political interference in the state-by-state population totals from the 2020 census used for divvying up congressional seats, but their limited review didn't include demographic data or places smaller than states, according to a task force report released...

Redistricting session set for Oct. 5; court OKs more time

Sep. 14, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday set a special legislative session for Oct. 5 to approve redrawn legislative and congressional district maps, and the chief justice of the state Supreme Court signed an order giving lawmakers extra time to complete their task. ...

From COVID to Ida: Louisiana's marginalized 'see no way out'

Sep. 11, 2021 07:33 AM EDT

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — Darkness set in for Natasha Blunt well before Hurricane Ida knocked out power across Louisiana. Months into the pandemic, she faced eviction from her New Orleans apartment. She lost her job at a banquet hall. She suffered two strokes. And she...

Alabama drops lawsuit challenging Census privacy method

Sep. 09, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

The state of Alabama on Thursday asked to dismiss its lawsuit challenging the U.S. Census Bureau's use of a controversial statistical method aimed at keeping people’s data private in the numbers used for redrawing congressional and legislative districts. Alabama and...

Oil boom remakes N. Dakota county with fastest growth in US

Sep. 05, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — First came the roughnecks and other oil field workers, almost all men. Lured by steady wages as the nation climbed out of the Great Recession, they filled McKenzie County’s few motel rooms, then began sleeping in cars, tents, trailers —...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 03, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

Boston Globe. August 29, 2021. Editorial: Governor Baker getting what he wants from his Parole Board But is the slow rolling of commutation hearings what the state really needs? In an exceedingly rare but little-noted event, late...

Oregon starts wrestling over new congressional district

Sep. 03, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — With Oregon getting an additional congressional seat based on population growth, Republican and Democratic state lawmakers on Friday presented dueling visions on where that new district should be. The Oregon House interim committee on redistricting,...