U.S. Census Bureau Announces First Areas to Receive 2020 Census Invitations

To help prepare households for the upcoming 2020 Census next year, the U.S. Census Bureau has released the Mail Contact Strategies Viewer, which shows how different areas of the country will be asked to respond to the 2020 Census and which households will receive English/Spanish bilingual invitations and questionnaires. Almost all households will be invited to respond online, by phone or by mail starting in the middle of March 2020. 

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WHER Chat: Lowest Poverty Rate for Female-Householder Families

According to a new U.S. Census Bureau report, the official poverty rate decreased 0.5 percentage points from 12.3 percent to 11.8 percent between 2017 and 2018. A large proportion of this decline is attributed to a drop in the poverty rate of female-householder families with no spouse present, which dropped by 1.7 percentage points to 26.8 percent. The poverty rate for this group is at the lowest on record. The previous low poverty rate for these families was 28.5 percent in both 2000 and 2017.

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