Five Things the Census Revealed About America in 2011

Alan Berube,
Alan Berube Interim Vice President and Director - Brookings Metro

Audrey Singer, Jill Wilson, and
Jill Wilson Former Senior Research Analyst and Associate Fellow - Metropolitan Policy Program
William H. Frey

December 20, 2011

A cascade of statistics from the 2010 Census and other Census Bureau sources released during 2011 show a nation in flux—growing and moving more slowly as it ages, infused by racial and ethnic minorities and immigrants in its younger ranks, and struggling economically across a decade bookended by two recessions. The nation’s largest metropolitan areas, and especially their suburbs, stood on the front lines of America’s evolving demographic transformation. Following is a slideshow of the five most important findings to emerge from our State of Metropolitan America analyses over the past year. Additional insight from co-author William H. Frey is available in a related video and at

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