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What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities

May 22, 2018

Large demographic shifts are reshaping America. The country is growing in numbers, it's becoming more racially and ethnically diverse and the population is aging. But according to a new analysis by Pew Research Center, these trends are playing out differently across community types. Urban areas are at the leading edge of racial and ethnic change, with nonwhites now a clear majority of the population in urban counties while solid majorities in suburban and rural areas are white. Urban and suburban counties are gaining population due to an influx of immigrants in both types of counties, as well as domestic migration into suburban areas. In contrast, rural counties have made only minimal gains since 2000 as the number of people leaving for urban or suburban areas has outpaced the number moving in. And while the population is graying in all three types of communities, this is happening more rapidly in the suburbs than in urban and rural counties.

Rise in U.S. Immigrants From El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras Outpaces Growth From Elsewhere

December 7, 2015

The number of immigrants in the United States from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras rose by 25% from 2007 to 2015, in contrast to more modest growth of the country's overall foreign-born population and a decline from neighboring Mexico.During these same years, the total U.S. immigrant population increased by 10%, while the number of U.S. Mexican immigrants decreased by 6%, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

After Decades of Decline, A Rise in Stay-at-Home Mothers

April 8, 2014

This report examines the demographic characteristics of U.S. mothers who lived with their children younger than 18 in 2012 and did not work outside the home. It compares them with their counterparts in earlier years and reports on trends for this population since 1970, based on U.S. Census Bureau data. In addition, it compares the characteristics of stay-at-home mothers with those of mothers who work for pay outside the home. The report also compares the time use of stay-at-home and working mothers, using data from the American Time Use Survey, and reports on trends in public opinion about working and stay-at-home mothers.

Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak - Public Unaware

May 7, 2013

National rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes are strikingly lower now than during their peak in the mid-1990s, paralleling a general decline in violent crime, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data. Beneath the long-term trend, though, are big differences by decade: Violence plunged through the 1990s, but has declined less dramatically since 2000.Despite national attention to the issue of firearm violence, most Americans are unaware that gun crime is lower today than it was two decades ago. According to a new Pew Research Center survey, today 56% of Americans believe gun crime is higher than 20 years ago and only 12% think it is lower.This report examines trends in firearm homicide, non-fatal violent gun crime victimization and non-fatal violent crime victimization overall since 1993. Its findings on firearm crime are based mainly on analysis of data from two federal agencies. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, using information from death certificates, are the source of rates, counts and trends for all firearm deaths, homicide and suicide, unless otherwise specified. The Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey, a household survey conducted by the Census Bureau, supplies annual estimates of non-fatal crime victimization, including those where firearms are used, regardless of whether the crimes were reported to police. Where relevant, this report also quotes from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports.

Fighting Poverty in a Bad Economy, Americans Move In With Relatives

October 2, 2011

Analyzes trends in the number of multi-generational households, their household incomes, and poverty rates by age, race/ethnicity, nativity, and employment status. Estimates individuals' and generations' shares of household income.

Living Together: The Economics of Cohabitation

June 27, 2011

Analyzes trends among unmarried couples ages 30 to 44 living together by education. Compares median household income, poverty rate, composition of household income, and number of children with those of married couples and those without partners.

How Many Hispanics? Comparing New Census Counts With the Latest Census Estimates

March 30, 2011

Examines differences between 2010 census data on the Latino/Hispanic population nationwide as well as in each state with April 2010 estimates by the Census Bureau. Compares results with the 1990 and 2000 census counts.

Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends, 2010

February 1, 2011

Analyzes trends in the estimated number of unauthorized immigrants overall, in the workforce, and of newborns with at least one unauthorized-immigrant parent. Examines unauthorized populations by state, share of state population, and settlement patterns.

U.S. Unauthorized Immigration Flows Are Down Sharply Since Mid-Decade

September 1, 2010

Estimates changes in the 2007-09 inflow of unauthorized immigrants compared with 2000-07 by state, country of origin, gender, and age; their share in the labor force, and impact on the overall unauthorized population. Considers contributing factors.

Childlessness Up Among All Women; Down Among Women With Advanced Degrees

June 25, 2010

Analyzes trends in the percentage of women ages 40-44 who have not borne children by education, race/ethnicity, and marital status, as well as contributing factors, including improved job opportunities for women and contraceptive methods.

The New Demography of American Motherhood

May 6, 2010

Compares the demographics of women who gave birth in 2008 with those who gave birth in 1990, including age, race/ethnicity, marital status, and education and examines contributing factors. Analyzes survey findings on views on parenthood and recent trends.

Women, Men and the New Economics of Marriage

January 19, 2010

Examines changes between 1970 and 2007 in the percentage of adults who are married, the incomes and education levels of husbands and wives, and household incomes of the married and unmarried. Analyzes trends by gender, education, and race.