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Maricopa County remained the fastest-growing county in the nation with a population over 4.5 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Maricopa County added 56,831 residents between July 2021 and June 2022, the largest population growth for a county in the nation, with an estimated 4.5 million residents last year - the second straight year the county led the nation in population growth. Read more»

The Census Bureau’s new corrections show changes approved under the Count Question Resolution process in areas within Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin.

Though the Census Bureau released its first round of official 2020 population corrections in January, many states and cities still await action - and the biggest cases in the largest cities are still pending, especially affecting areas with larger populations of racial minorities. Read more»

Families who meet certain income levels in 2022 will see a return to previous child tax credit levels —  roughly $2,000 per child. Those who made $2,500 or less this past year will receive a partial refund or no benefit at all.

Any last hopes of resurrecting the expanded child tax credit as part of Congress’ massive spending package were dashed early Tuesday when the 4,155-page bill was released without a mention of the tax benefit. Read more»

When the fixed categories of a census erase the diversity of a population, the gross miscalculations that result may harm a country’s ability to appropriately respond to the needs of its people.

The Census Bureau argues that its categories capture the heritage of the 62.6 million Hispanics that flourish in the U.S. - but heritage that stems from one of the hundreds of Indigenous or Afro-descended groups in Latin America remain outside of the way the U.S. counts race. Read more»

'We’re used to being an afterthought,' said April Ignacio, founder of Indivisible Tohono, a grassroots group that focuses on federal and Arizona legislation that impacts the Tohono O’odham Nation..

Voters have a right to access voting information in a traditional language, but only seven Arizona counties are required to offer materials in an Indigenous language - and only five Indigenous languages are covered out of the 22 tribal nations in the state. Read more»

The census review won’t help with issues such as college students living in private rentals that are not classified as dorms—a common problem for college towns that complained of low counts.

The U.S. Census Bureau will allow local governments to ask for reviews of institutions counted in the 2020 census after problems with institutional counts for places such as college dorms, nursing homes and prisons have drawn 34 detailed complaints. Read more»

Arizona State University in Tempe, one of the college towns where the U.S. Census Bureau has offered to review counts of students, along with prisons and other institutional living quarters, that have been miscounted in confusion caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Many cities and states say the 2020 census wildly underestimated their residents, costing them significant money for the social services and infrastructure their areas need - and while the Census Bureau has created programs to fix the errors, many say they are not sufficient. Read more»

State Reps. Steve Kaiser and César Chávez speak at a news conference regarding House Bill 2674 at the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. 'The state right now is facing a housing crisis,' Kaiser says, 'and we need a statewide response to this crisis.'

Two Arizona legislators introduced a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would address the state’s housing crisis by increasing construction of affordable homes and providing aid to the homeless. Read more»

Chinese universities produce more Ph.D.s in science, engineering, technology and math; by 2025, China will be turning out nearly twice as many graduates with doctorates in those fields than American universities will.

A sharp decline in the number of Americans going to college - down nearly a million since the start of the pandemic and by nearly 3 million over the last decade - could alter American society for the worse, even as economic rivals such as China vastly increase university enrollment. Read more»

In an acknowledgement of pandemic-related disruptions, the Census Bureau recently announced it would review its count of people living in institutions such as college dormitories, prisons and nursing homes.

Starting this week, communities that think they were undercounted can file challenges with the U.S. Census Bureau - but the so-called Count Question Resolution process only allows cities to challenge mapping mistakes that mistakenly placed people outside of city limits. Read more»

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in this 2014 file photo from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. While the month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is designated for Hispanic heritage, the people it honors may use different names to describe their heritage, with new ones arising in recent years.

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of Hispanics in the U.S. And Latinos. And Chicanos. And Latines - and as Hispanic numbers and clout continue to grow, so have the terms to describe people with roots in Spanish-speaking or Latin countries. Read more»

A new report found that women ages 18 to 44 are more than twice as likely to be without health insurance if they live in a state that has not expanded Medicaid.

In states that have declined to expand Medicaid to all adults with lower incomes, women of childbearing age are more than twice as likely to be without health insurance as those living in expansion states - a disparity that helps explain the United States’ dismal maternal mortality rate. Read more»

The U.S. poverty rate rose from 10.5% to 11.4% last year, reversing years of steady declines, but that increase in poverty was offset by pandemic relief funds and other benefits, according to new Census Bureau data. Read more»

Public input in redistricting is legally mandated in only 25 states, but most states have held hearings and accepted public maps in previous cycles and at least 12 states are providing online tools for residents interested in drawing and submitting their own maps.

Many states face increased legal wrangling this redistricting cycle - so far, some 49 redistricting suits have been filed in state and federal courts in at least 22 states, and delayed census redistricting data has been the main reason cited in most lawsuits filed so far. Read more»

Lake Mead, the nation’s largest freshwater reservoir, has been losing water because of epochal drought since 2000.

One of the country’s most important sources of fresh water is in peril, the latest victim of the accelerating climate crisis and a growing population that, even as the drought worsened over recent decades, ranked among the fastest-growing places in the country. Read more»

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