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  • Faces of the Uncounted

    In the spring, Chicago had the lowest rate of return on Census forms among the nation's ten biggest metros. Some blamed the laissez-faire attitude of the city's census office, which failed to make a push for returns among residents. By June, the counting rate was notably more rapid, giving rise to questions about the accuracy of the data collected. In 1990, Chicago was under-counted, missing many of the neighborhoods where services are especially crucial."
  • Census 2000: A Portrait of New Jersey

    The Star-Ledger's coverage of Census 2000 finds an increase in diversity across New Jersey, a growth in the populations of N.J. cities, a growing divide between blacks and whites, and a decline in nuclear families.
  • Census 2000: A Decade of Change

    In a five-day series, the News Tribune explains the trends behind 2000 U.S. Census numbers for the South Puget Sound area and Washington State. The numbers revealed that "suburban cities in the South Sound were among the fastest-growing in the state." Reporters explain the effects of growth in the area and discuss efforts to rein it in through Washington State's Growth Management Act. Along with growth has come an influx of immigrants to the state. "Since 1990, the number of Hispanics statewide more than doubled, to 441,509." Other articles address: redistricting, Korean-Americans in South Sound, and confusion over the number of American Indians in the area.
  • Population Shifts Making Kansas More Urban

    The Star, using the 2000 census found that "across the state, Kansas continued its inexorable shift from rural to urban. In fact in 2000 the five largest and most urban counties combined for half of the state's 2.688 million population for the first time ever." Star reporters examine the population differences in this state over the last decade and interpret their effects in areas who have gained or lost citizens.
  • Census 2000

    Census 2000 was a special section in the March 30, 2001 issue of the Los Angeles Times. The section, which contained eight stories and 13 regional maps, analyzes data from the 2000 Census which showed that Southern California has become more racially mixed. For example, Census data showed that "Latinos ascended to dominance in Los Angeles and non-whites came to outnumber whites regionwide by more than 3 million." The stories in this section examine the impact this racial shift will have on California, as well as looking at Southern California population trends such as blacks moving to the suburbs and the area's influx of immigrants.
  • Winning by Default

    Madigan examines census records of the recent voting patterns of Americans from the 1996 election, finding that individuals who are more established - educated, married, professional - are more likely to believe in the system and vote than individuals at the other end of the spectrum; finding that politicians are continuing to cater more to those registered, Americans on the other end are growing into a silent dissatisfied majority.
  • Without a Net

    The welfare rolls have fallen by almost half since welfare reform abolished Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) in 1994. The American Prospect analyzes the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey (CPS) to determine whether single mothers are better or worse of than they were before welfare reform. They found that while most women were better off and many had found jobs, a large majority weren't. Also, many women who'd found jobs had a difficult time finding child care.
  • Looking for Love: in all the right places?

    The Miami Herald reports that "....Playing Cupid, we figured the percentages of singles in every Zip code in Miami-Dade and Broward, working with figures from Claritas, one of the country's top demographic survey companies, which provide current population projections based on 1990 U.S. census info(rmation). So now you'll know where the singles are...."
  • Evanston, Oak Park Struggle to Keep Racial Balance

    The Reporter finds that Oak Park and Evanston, two Chicago suburbs, are at risk to lose some of the diversity that city leaders have fought so hard to achieve. An analysis of census data in both cities finds that the populations are growing increasingly segregated.
  • Black farmers hit the road to confront a 'cycle of racism'

    In 1920, blacks owned 14% of the nation's farms; by 1992, the proportion was down to 1%. In the next agricultural census, it will likely be a mere fraction of a percent, and black farmers will be deemed statistically irrelevant. They have been done in by the same economic hardships and urban migrations that have imperiled all small family farms, plus one other thing: racism. The USDA admits as much, in various reports over the past two decades and in recent individual rulings.