The latest census data depict a middle class that's shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government's safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families.
The 2010 census forms specifically instructed Latinos that Hispanic origins are not races and to select a recognized category such as white or black. It appears now that the response caused an unexpected growth in the U.S.'s white population.
Young adults are the recession's lost generation. In record numbers, they're struggling to find work, shunning long-distance moves to live with mom and dad, delaying marriage and raising kids out of wedlock, if they're becoming parents at all. The unemployment rate for them is the highest since World War II and risk living in poverty more than others.
The number of people moving to the state has declined 19 percent since 2006. Metropolitan Council research manager Libbing Starling says people have been reluctant to sell their houses and pick up and move.
The latest 2010 census data show that children of immigrants make up one in four people under 18, and are now the fastest-growing segment of the nation's youth, an indication that both legal and illegal immigrants as well as minority births are lifting the nation's population.
The 2010 Census finds that Rochester has overtaken Duluth as the third largest city in Minnesota by adding nearly 21,000 people since the 2000 census. Open the article for a full list of the top 55 largest cities in the state.
New census data show the five suburban counties surrounding Minneapolis and St. Paul grew an average of 23 percent since 2000. That bucks a national trend in which most high-growth counties have been in the Sun Belt.
The latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey found about 25,000 of the 85,700 Somalis in the U.S. live in Minnesota. The proof is on the streets of the Twin Cities, said Hashi Shafi of the Somali Action Alliance in Minneapolis.
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