(CNN) - The growth of the Hispanic population in the United States is outstripping pre-census estimates, the Pew Hispanic Center report released Tuesday says.
"The number of Hispanics counted in the 2010 Census has been larger than expected in most states for which the Census Bureau has released detailed population totals so far," the report says.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – After the U.S. Census Bureau released data from population surveys on Tuesday, some political observers began clamoring to predict who wins – and who loses.
It's clear that Republicans see positive news in the census numbers.
But could President Barack Obama – and perhaps U.S. Latinos – be at a loss?
(CNN) - The Census numbers released Tuesday will reshape the presidential playing field in 2012. States that will gain or lose seats based on the new population numbers will also gain or lose electoral votes.
These are the states gaining electoral votes, based on the new population counts: Arizona (+1), Florida (+2), Georgia (+1), Nevada (+1), South Carolina (+1), Texas (+4), Utah (+1) and Washington (+1).
Washington (CNN) - How many people live in the United States, and in each state? And which states will gain congressional seats and electoral votes and which states will lose them?
These are all questions that the Census Bureau is expected to answer Tuesday, when it releases the results of the 2010 Census. The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census be conducted every ten years to accurately reflect the population shifts in the country. The new numbers spell out congressional reapportionment, as the states divvy up the 435 seats in the House of Representatives.
(CNN) - A new study predicts that when the dust settles from the 2010 Census, eight southern and western states will gain congressional seats largely at the expense of states in the Midwest and Northeast.
According to the unofficial study, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington would each gain an additional seat in Congress, while Florida and Texas would gain two and four seats, respectively.
Washington (CNN) - One day after the official deadline to return the Census form, nearly 3 in 10 Americans have failed to do so, according to data made public by the Census Bureau.
As of Saturday, the official national participation rate stands at 69 percent. That rate reflects the percentage of forms mailed back by households that received them, but does not include forms returned by the U.S. Postal Service marked "undeliverable." The measure has never before been used by the Census Bureau, and was developed due to economic conditions and higher rates of vacant housing.
According to the Census Bureau, the national mail response rate was 67 percent in 2000 and the comparable national mail participation rate was 72 percent.
Americans who have failed to return the form by mail can still expect a home visit from a Census worker, with visits set to being in early May.
Washington (CNN) - In a new video, released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau, former George W. Bush senior adviser Karl Rove encourages Americans to participate in the 2010 Census, saying "it's not too late."
The public service announcement, already available online, runs 51 seconds and features Rove speaking about the history of the Census.
"One of my favorite founders is James Madison, principal author of the Constitution," Rove says in the spot. "He created an instrument of democracy by writing into the Constitution a requirement for a Census every ten years to ensure fair representation in Congress. If you've not yet mailed back your 2010 Census form, it's not too late. Please answer the ten easy questions. They are almost the same ones Madison helped write for the first Census back in 1790."
According to a statement from the U.S. Census Bureau, Rove's PSA is designed to remind residents that they have just over two weeks to mail back their census forms to avoid a visit from a census worker in early May.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama last week urged Americans to fill out their Census forms and, as a way of setting an example for the rest of the country, he filled one out himself.
The White House press office even released a photo of the President filling out the ten-question form in the Oval Office.
And in completing the form, President Obama made official what we have long known: He is the nation's first African-American president.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday that the President checked the box labeled "Black, African Am., or Negro" when asked his race.
Like many Americans, Obama – the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas – could have selected multiple races, but there is no check box for Americans that consider themselves multi-racial.
Washington (CNN) – With a national response rate thus far that is just above 50 percent, there are still challenges to the decennial national head count, the director of the Census Bureau and the mayor of the country’s second largest city told CNN.
Both men spoke Thursday with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
“This is a big operation,” Census Director Robert Groves said in an interview on CNN’s John King, USA. The agency head added that for every percentage point increase in the national response rate, the federal government saves $85 million. “So that is our total focus now,” Groves said of the bureau’s efforts to increase the rate at which census forms are returned so that it does not have to employ workers to pay physical visits to non-responsive households.
Because the national head count is used to apportion seats in the House of Representatives, the results of the census also have political implications (in addition to being used to allocate hundreds of billions of dollars annually in federal program money).
But Groves told King his agency does not get into politics. “The purposes of the census, the product of the census is indeed used for political purposes,” he said, “but my side of it, the counting, has to be completely nonpartisan.”
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also spoke with King about his efforts to get census forms returned by the residents of his city.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, has a message for fellow conservatives on National Census Day: "I'm worried about this year's census."
In a post Thursday on the conservative Web site RedState, McHenry expressed concerns about "blatant misinformation" about the census "coming from otherwise well-meaning conservatives." Some on the right have claimed that the census is unconstitutional, he wrote. Others fear that its results will be politicized by the Obama administration.
"They are trying to do the right thing," McHenry wrote, "but instead they are helping big government liberals by discouraging fellow conservatives from filling out their census forms."