What is the purpose of the Census, and should citizenship be a factor in the count?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on June 28, 2019

The US Supreme Court has, for now, ruled that the Trump administration cannot ask the citizenship status of people on next year's Census.

What could have lead to longtime Census director John Thompson's resignation?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on May 11, 2017

<font color="#404040" face="Helvetica">John Thompson, longtime director of the Census, is resigning. Dr. Perryman says Thompson was also one of the Bureau's leading demographers.</font>

What do the latest Census Bureau numbers show for middle class incomes?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on September 16, 2016

According to the Census Bureau for the first time in years, middle class income are actually going up. Dr. Perryman says wages grew by more than 5% last year.

Why has McAllen surpassed El Paso in population recently?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on July 19, 2016

Data from the Census Bureau reveals that for the first time McAllen has surpassed El Paso in population.

Undercount!
Column Published in syndication May 25, 2022

The US Census Bureau recently released the 2020 Census estimated undercount and overcount rates from its Post-Enumeration Survey. While we feared an undercount for Texas, it was even worse than expected.

Where Have All the People Gone?
Column Published in syndication January 19, 2022

The Census Bureau recently released population estimates by state for the period from July 2020 to July 2021. The total US population scarcely changed, but there were seismic regional shifts. Let's take a quick tour.

Missing Persons
Column Published in syndication November 17, 2021

The concept of a Census to identify and enumerate the population of an area dates back more than 5,000 years. Accurate Census counts are important to ensuring adequate federal funding for various programs and appropriate representation in Congress. In addition, the Census is crucial to understanding population and demographic trends to plan for the future.

Diversity
Column Published in syndication August 25, 2021

Newly released Census data indicates that the US population is becoming increasingly diverse. The most prevalent racial or ethnic group was the White alone non-Hispanic population at 57.8%, down from 63.7% in 2010. The Hispanic or Latino population was the second largest, comprising 18.7% of the total, while the Black or African American alone population was third at 12.1%.

Not Getting Any Younger!
Column Published in syndication August 18, 2021

The US Census Bureau continues to release results of the 2020 Census. The information is crucial to effective corporate planning, as well as to understanding the dynamics of the nation’s population and potential policy needs or implications. One recent dataset describes overall population growth and trends in the number of people under age 18.

The Count
Column Published in syndication May 12, 2021

Results from the 2020 Census are beginning to surface. These statistics are far more than a matter of interest. Not only is the number of representatives in the US House tied to the count, but also funds from a variety of federal programs. Trends are also crucial to planning and decision-making across a broad spectrum. While the data is still being compiled and it will be a while before we know the full story (and the inevitable lawsuits that are often settled by adding more people), some patterns are emerging.