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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More U.S. Adults Have Cohabited with a Partner Than Have Married

A recent Pew Research Center report focused on marriage and cohabitation trends in the United States finds a rise in the share of adults that have lived with an unmarried partner, which now surpasses the share of adults who have been married. As these changes ensue, more Americans believe it is acceptable for unmarried couples to live together, whether or not they plan to get married. The report also reveals differences in relationship satisfaction between cohabiting unmarried partners and their married counterparts. 

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WHER Chat: One in Five Older Americans Live in Rural Areas

One in five older Americans live in rural areas, with many concentrated in states where more than half of the older population lives in rural areas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s recent The Older Population in Rural America: 2012-2016. The report shows that 17.5 percent of the rural population was 65 years and older during this time compared to 13.8 percent in urban areas. 

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Clarksville, Tennessee Named Best Place to Live in the U.S.

MONEY recently released their ranking of the 2019 Best Places to Live, featuring cities across the nation with Clarksville, Tennessee coming out on top. Places with a population of 50,000 or more were measured based on factors such as economic health, cost of living, diversity, public education, income, health and safety, and amenities. 

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‘Never Forget’ 9/11: National Day of Service and Remembrance

Today marks the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans in 2001. Eighteen years on from this national tragedy, we take the time to remember those who lost their lives on that fateful day.

On December 18, 2001, Congress named September 11 ‘Patriot Day’ to commemorate the anniversary of the attacks. Eight years later, on April 21, 2009, Congress requested that the observance of September 11 be annually recognized as ‘National Day of Service and Remembrance.’

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Hawaii Named the ‘Happiest State in America’

WalletHub just released their list of 2019’s Happiest States in America, and the Aloha State comes out at the top as the happiest state. The company analyzed all fifty states using research to determine which environmental factors are linked to a person’s well-being and satisfaction in life. Happiness is influenced by a variety of internal and external factors but where we choose to live can have a significant influence on our quality of life. 

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World Population to Reach 8 Billion by 2025

Today marks World Population Day, an annual event that has been observed on July 11th every year since 1989. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme, and it seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. 

Did you know that the world population is currently at 7.58 billion? Current estimates by the Census Bureau predict that the population will reach 8 billion by 2025. In honor of this day, the U.S. Census Bureau has released fascinating facts about the U.S. and global population. 

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Renters in the U.S. Spent $504 Billion on Housing in 2018

According to a new report from HotPads, renters in the United States spent a total of $504 billion in rent this year, an increase of $12.6 billion, or 2.6 percent, from 2017, despite there being fewer renter households in 2018. The current median rent for the nation is $1,475, a 3 percent increase from last year.

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