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Virginia Population Shifts: Localities Face Challenges as Growth Slows

Categories: Maps/Geography,Population/Census,Virginia Issues

Analyzes the changes in Virginia’s population as some localities continue to grow by double digits while others deal with slowing growth rates or declining population.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Census Bureau Projects U.S. and World Populations on New Year’s Day

Categories: Population/Census,Statistics

Estimates the U.S. population at 324,310,011 on New Year’s Day and the world population at 7,362,350,168.  The U.S. experiences one birth every 8 seconds, one death every 11 seconds, and one new immigrant every 33 seconds.  The combination means one new person in the U.S. every 17 seconds.  From the Census Bureau


Utah is Nation’s Fastest-Growing State

Categories: Population/Census,Statistics

Press release with the Top Ten Rankings for Most Populous States, Top Ten States in Numeric Growth from 2015 to 2016, and Top Ten States in Percentage Growth, 2015 to 2016.  From the Census Bureau


Top 15 Most Popular Last Names in the U.S. by Rank

Categories: Population/Census

Shows rankings for top 15 in 1990, 2000, and 2010.  Smith, Johnson, and Williams continue to be 1-2-3 in all three decades but 2010 includes 6 Hispanic surnames, compared to 4 in 2000 and none in 1990.  From the Census Bureau


Defining Rural at the U.S. Census Bureau

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Maps/Geography,Population/Census,Urban Issues

Highlights the history of how the concept of “rural” has been defined by the Census Bureau, the current delineations of urban and rural areas, and the relationship that exists between decennial censuses, the American Community Survey, and geography.  From the Census Bureau


Characteristics of the U.S. Population by Generational Status: 2013

Categories: Education-Higher,Immigration/Migration,Income/Poverty,Population/Census,Statistics

First-ever type report which examines differences among the foreign-born or “first generation,” the second generation (native born with at least one foreign-born parent), and subsequent generations with native born parents.  Finds that members of the second generation were more likely to be college-educated and have higher incomes than the first or subsequent generations.


New American Housing Survey Statistics Provide Insight on U.S. Food Insecurity, Housing and Neighborhood Topics

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Housing/Homelessness,Population/Census,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Press release with information on American households including, for the first time in the 42 year history of the American Housing Survey, information on food security status.  10.5 million households or 8.9% reported a lack of money to buy adequate amounts of food.  Also covers housing costs, home financing, home improvements, and neighborhood characteristics.  From the Census Bureau


America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2016

Categories: Children,Marriage/Family,Population/Census,Statistics

Detailed tables on the demographic characteristics of American adults, the kinds and sizes of households, living arrangements of children, and unmarried couples in households.  From the Census Bureau


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