Beth Jarosz is a senior research associate in U.S. Programs. She joined PRB in 2013. Her focus is on subnational demographic and socio-economic trends, estimation and forecasting, and trends in child well-being. Jarosz previously worked as an instructor at Pensacola State College and as a demographer at the San Diego Association of Governments. Jarosz holds a master’s degree in demographic and social analysis from the University of California, Irvine, and a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Rhode Island. She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and has been quoted in national media, including Fortune and CityLab (The Atlantic).
Why Are They Asking That? What Everyone Needs to Know About 2020 Census Questions
By law, the U.S. government is required to count the number of people living in the United States every 10 years. Getting an accurate count is important because census numbers impact daily life in the United States in many ways. For example, census data are often used to determine how much federal f…
Citizenship Question Risks a 2020 Census Undercount in Every State, Especially Among Children
The addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census may put almost one in 10 U.S. households and nearly 45 million people at greater risk of not being counted―the question has been shown to reduce response rates. Undercount risk is particularly high among young children. In April 2020, a censu…
Key Milestones for 2020 Census
Pre-2017 Launch 2020 Census website. Release 2020 Census Operational Plan. Conduct testing. 2017 Report to Congress on Subjects Planned for 2020 Census. Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) begins. Address Canvassing begins for 2018 end-to-end test. Residency Rules announced. 2018 Question wordin…
Continuity and Change in the U.S. Decennial Census
The first nation in the world to take a regular population census, the United States has been counting its population every 10 years since 1790—as required by the U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 2).1 The first U.S. census was conducted by 16 U.S. marshals and their 650 assistants. It took them…
Poverty and Inequality Pervasive in Two-Fifths of U.S. Counties
By looking at the intersection of poverty and inequality in local areas—and how this has changed over time. Addressing these disparities is important to improve the lives of families who are struggling and to strengthen the U.S. economy.
Suicide Replaces Homicide as Second-Leading Cause of Death Among U.S. Teenagers
Suicides have become the second-leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States, surpassing homicide deaths, which dropped to third on the list. The teenage suicide rate increased from 8 deaths per 100,000 in 1999 to 8.7 deaths per 100,000 in 2014.
Accidental Poisoning Deaths Exceed Homicides of U.S. Young Adults
Drug overdoses propelled the number of accidental poisonings above homicides as a cause of death among young adults ages 20 to 24 in the United States, according to 2014 data released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).