Sensing Change: The 2010 Census

The 2010 census revealed deep and ongoing changes in the demographic make-up of our nation and, in particular, the Southwest. Reporters from Fronteras: The Changing America Desk have spread out into their communities – from the Pacific Ocean in California to the Gulf of Mexico in Texas – to find change and growth that are emblematic of the last decade's transformation. The stories will give you an intimate sense of the changes occurring across our region, including our documentary below on the 2010 census.
As the census rethinks how to identify Latinos, leaders in the community fear a change could affect their growing political clout.
The U.S. Census Bureau released on Wednesday the results of experimental race and Hispanic origin questions tested during the 2010 census. The findings could have implications for how the 2020 census asks Americans about race.
As the Southwestern region grapples with the results of the 2010 Census count, California is trying a new approach to political redistricting.
The census takes a separate count for Native Americans. The 2010 report, released earlier this year, shows a steady growth of this population across the southwest over the past 10 years.
Living in rural America in the company of mostly seniors can present some pretty unique challenges.
In late 2005, the housing market exploded. Developers arrived in Maricopa in droves. Homes and shopping centers sprouted up on farms and fields everywhere. Demand was so high, developers had to create lottery drawings for potential buyers. The city’s population exploded and grew by more than 4,000 percent by 2010.
Clifton sits at the base of the largest copper mine in the country. In 1910, it had nearly 5,000 people. Since then, the numbers have gone up a little, then down a bit, based on the price of copper and the needs of the mine.
The number of ramshackle neighborhoods along the border called "colonias" grew, but many were not counted in the census.
The 2010 Census confirms just how dismal the housing market is in much of the Southwestern United States. In Southern California, the numbers show people flocked inland. That sparked building fever. But many of these dream homes have become a nightmare, like in the City of Brawley in Imperial County, located 150 miles east of San Diego.
A new report by the Pew Hispanic Center says Hispanics accounted for more than half of the nation's population growth in the last decade.
Grandma's restaurant in Oceanside is a typical mom-and-pop joint, but also proof of the demographic changes that the 2010 Census shows are sweeping San Diego County.
Census figures are helping government and non-profit planners assess financial needs within their own communities.
Last year's U.S. Census shows the changes in Asian-American communities across the Southwest.
The 2010 Census shows the White population dropped during the decade, while several minority groups made significant gains.