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.
Digital and Economic Divides Put U.S. Children at Greater Educational Risk During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In 2018, roughly 10% of U.S. children ages 5 to 17 did not have a computer—desktop, laptop, or tablet—at home, and 23% did not have home access to paid high-speed internet. Fully one-fourth of all school-age children were lacking either a computer or high-speed internet.
2020 Census Self-Response Rates Are Lagging in Neighborhoods at Risk of Undercounting Young Children
Self-response rates are lowest in neighborhoods with high concentrations of racial and ethnic minorities in the young child population, which could mean fewer dollars for communities that need funds the most.
Why Are So Many Young Children Undercounted in the U.S. Census?
Children under the age of 5 face the highest risk of being undercounted in the U.S. decennial census. In the 2010 Census, there was a net undercount of almost 1 million young children. PRB estimates that at least 4 million children live in areas with a very high risk of undercounting young childr…
The U.S. Population Is Growing at the Slowest Rate Since the 1930s
The pace of U.S. population growth is slowing, according to the Census Bureau’s 2018 estimates and 2020 projections, which provide a preview of 2020 Census results. The U.S. population has increased each decade since the first census was conducted in 1790, surpassing 50 million by 1880, 100 million …
What Is a Household?
A household is defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as all the people who occupy a single housing unit, regardless of their relationship to one another. One person in each household is designated as the householder—the person, or one of the people ages 15 or older, in whose name the housing unit is own…
U.S. Household Composition Shifts as the Population Grows Older; More Young Adults Live With Parents
Household size and composition play an important role in the economic and social well-being of families and individuals. The number and characteristics of household members affect the types of relationships and the pool of economic resources available within households, and they may have a broader i…