U.S. Census and the American Community Survey

PRB conducts research on the 2020 Census and produces high-quality, nontechnical publications on topics like the undercount of children and census FAQs.

PRB has expert knowledge and extensive experience with U.S. decennial census and American Community Survey data, methodology, and applications.

We analyze data from the U.S. decennial census, American Community Survey (ACS), and other data sources and disseminate results through high-quality, nontechnical publications. For example, our Population Bulletin on the 2020 Census provides a preview of key population and housing trends that will shape the United States in 2020 and beyond. Our U.S. 2020 Census FAQ answers frequently asked questions about the census. We have also produced video tutorials that provide an introduction on how to access and use ACS data. We are also tracking developments and changes to the Census operational status.

To support efforts to reduce the undercount of young children in the 2020 Census, PRB conducted research to identify factors that predict where children under age 5 are more likely to be missed in the census and developed a new undercount risk measure for young children. A database and interactive map show the risk of undercounting young children across U.S. census tracts in nearly 700 large counties.

PRB has also been a long-term partner to the U.S. Census Bureau, helping to inform policymakers, the media, and the public about the importance of data from the decennial census and ACS. Under this project, we work in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau to:

These activities facilitate communication about decennial census and ACS issues and applications among a broad group of data users, and between data users and the Census Bureau.


PRB staff are experts in global health, population data and trends, and U.S. Census data. We also provide training in issues-based journalism and policy communication.

To learn more about our experts, please visit Leadership and Staff.


Men Have a Lot to Lose When Roe Falls

New York Times | May 27, 2022
PRB’s reporting on racial disparity in maternal mortality rates in the United States is cited.

US Birth Rates Rose Slightly in 2021 After a Steep Drop in the First Year of the Pandemic, CDC Data Shows

CNN | May 24, 2022
Beth Jarosz discussed new data showing a slight increase in U.S. birth rates in 2021.

The ‘Deep Tech’ Revolution Is Happening. Here’s How it Will Change Things

Fast Company | May 19, 2022
The article cited PRB projections on the percentage of the world’s population who will be living in cities by 2050.

Humboldt Child Care Challenges Highlighted on “National Day Without Child Care”

KRCR | May 5, 2022
The article cited findings on the availability of licensed day cares in Humboldt County, California.

How Long Can Humans Really Live?

Katie Couric Media | Apr. 20, 2022
Mark Mather discussed why people are living longer than ever.

Colorado only has one Black Certified Professional Midwife. Here’s what she thinks of the health care system.

KRCC | Apr. 12, 2022
PRB’s analysis of Black maternal deaths is cited.

America’s Kids Are Not All Right—We Need Urgent Action to Save Young Lives

The Hill | Apr. 2, 2022
Robert A. Hummer, coauthor of PRB’s “Dying Young” Population Bulletin, discussed mortality data for Americans under age 25 and potential policy solutions.

How the Deadly COVID-19 Pandemic Has Forever Changed the Nation

KCBS Radio | Apr. 1, 2022
Beth Jarosz discussed the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Census Bureau Considering Changes After Minority Undercounts

CQ Roll Call | Mar. 18, 2022
Mark Mather discussed the historical challenge of different population groups being undercounted in the decennial census.

The New Golden Girls: Baby Boomers Are Moving in Together to Save Money

The Washington Post | Feb. 25, 2022
PRB’s research on the changing composition of families in the United States is cited.

Featured Experts

Linda A. Jacobsen

Senior Fellow

Toshiko Kaneda

Technical Director, Demographic Research

Beth Jarosz

Program Director


Management of Complex Technical Programs

At PRB, we have the expertise, infrastructure, and global networks to take on some of the world’s most complex population and health challenges on behalf of our funders and partners.

Many of our partnerships span decades, built on good faith relationships established by our direct experiences with individuals and organizations across the globe at the intersection of the environment, health, family planning, and population.

We work with a wide range of partners in sectors including government, nonprofit, research, business, and philanthropy. Our approach focuses on evidence, audience, and context.

For more than 30 years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has relied on PRB to build the capacity of organizations around the world to accurately and effectively convey messages to decisionmakers that propel changes in areas such as gender, family planning, and reproductive health. Our capacity-building approach supports partners’ leadership in sustainable development. We work with longstanding partners to provide resources and limited, highly specific technical assistance. For those facing institutional challenges, we provide a full suite of support, including mentorship from peer institutions, technical training, and collaborative creation of communications materials.

Researchers and decisionmakers have relied on PRB’s expertise to oversee multiple programs for the U.S. Census Bureau since 2013. In partnership with the Census Bureau, PRB created and manages communities to support researchers, data users, and policymakers working with American Community Survey (ACS) data; organizes annual ACS Data Users conferences; and plays a key role in the creation of Census Bureau data products.

PRB’s manages multiple complex technical programs for several partners and clients around the world each year.