Linda A. Jacobsen is vice president of U.S. Programs at PRB. She is a demographer with more than 30 years’ experience analyzing population trends and their implications for professional, policy, and media audiences. Her research has focused on family and household change, child and family well-being, and population estimates and projections. In partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, Jacobsen leads several projects to increase knowledge and use of the American Community Survey (ACS) and to collect data-user feedback on ACS and decennial census products. She also directs PRB’s Center for Public Information on Population Research, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Jacobsen has been a featured speaker on U.S. demographic trends at Harvard University's Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress, the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, and many other professional meetings and conferences. She has served on the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, a National Academy of Sciences Panel on the ACS, and as chair of the Population Association of America (PAA) Committee on Government and Public Affairs. She currently chairs the board of directors of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics and serves on PAA’s Committee on Population Statistics. Jacobsen was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2015, and is president-elect of the Southern Demographic Association for 2018. Before joining PRB in 2005, Jacobsen served as a senior executive and chief demographer for two leading marketing information companies; the research director at American Demographics magazine; and a faculty member at both Cornell University and the University of Iowa, where she conducted research and taught graduate studies in sociology and demography. Jacobsen holds master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Reed College.
The Net Undercount of Young Children in the U.S. Census
In the 2010 U.S. Census, young children (ages 0 to 4) were more likely to be missed than any other age group, Census Bureau research shows. More than one in 10 young children were not counted in 2010, and the net undercount rate for young children (the percent of children who were missed minus the […
Appalachia’s Aging Population Signals Challenges Ahead
The Appalachian Region’s aging population may pose challenges “down the road” for local governments and community service providers, say the authors of a new Population Reference Bureau (PRB) report for the Appalachian Regional Commission. The Region’s share of residents ages 65 and older exceeds th…
The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview From the 2011-2015 American Community Survey
Appalachia’s unemployment and poverty rates remain above levels seen before the economic downturn of 2007-2009, suggesting an incomplete economic recovery, especially in many of the Region’s most rural counties, according to a new PRB report for the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Aging Baby Boomers to Face Caregiving, Obesity, Inequality Challenges
The aging of the baby boom generation could fuel a 75 percent increase in the number of Americans ages 65 and older requiring nursing home care, to about 2.3 million in 2030 from 1.3 million in 2010, the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) projects in this Population Bulletin.
PRB Appalachia Report Examines Jobs, Degrees
Appalachia's residents in their prime working years are less likely to be in the labor force or to hold college degrees than the U.S. population as a whole, but these and other demographic, health, and socioeconomic patterns vary widely within the region.
Appalachian Region Hit Hard by Recent U.S. Recession
Given the history of economic difficulties in the Appalachian Region, the Appalachian Regional Commission commissioned the Population Reference Bureau to analyze the effects of the recent recession on household wealth and economic well-being in the region.