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Proof that More Immigration Leads to Higher Crime

Except wait, it’s not proof of that at all. As the share of the U.S. population made up of immigrants has more than doubled, the violent crime rate has actually fallen.

Does this information fail to match your preconception? Try working through the cognitive dissonance this time.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and Uniform Crime […]

Breaking Down the Sex Gap in Pay: Where is Pay for Men and Women More Equal?

Head to American FactFinder, a project of the U.S. Census Bureau, and you can get information about the American people on a wide variety of subjects, all the way up to the national level and all the way down to the level of your town or city. The information provided by the Census Bureau can […]

Sex Gap in Pay Narrows to Smallest Extent in U.S. History

In the face of a mantra of “only get worse“, “only get worse,” “only get worse,” “only get worse,” I offer this instance of bad matters getting better. The U.S. Census Bureau has just released information on the gap in median pay between men and women working full-time year-round in the United States:

Median […]

Calling All Heathens

Are there more Norse in Australia than in Sweden?

That’s what the results of the Worldwide Heathen Census show so far. There are also more self-described “heathens” in Brazil than in Sweden.

Curious. Brazil is a country that many Nazis moved to after World War II – a fact made famous by the novel The […]

School Shootings are Less Likely than Asteroid Hits. No, You Don’t Have to Scare Your Kids.

When I picked up the Bangor Daily News this morning, I read columnist Sarah Smiley insisting that she “had to tell” her children about last week’s school shooting incident in Newtown, Connecticut. Adults absolutely have the right to feel the way they want to feel about the shootings in Connecticut. But do we “have” to […]

No Strong Link Between Population Growth And Religious Identity

An important insight from the combination of the American Religious Identification Survey and the 2010 Census is that it’s not safe to predict trends in population from state to state according to prevalence of Christianity. […]

New 2009 Census Data: Income Down for the Poor, Down for the Middle Class, Up for the Rich in the USA

(All dollar figures below in 2009 dollars, adjusted for inflation)

New figures on Americans’ household income in 2009 released by the U.S. Census Bureau today divide the U.S. population into quintiles, fifths of the population ordered by their income. Data show that the four lowest quintiles in the U.S. population — those earning $100,000 or […]

Republicans Promote Pistol-Packing Census-Counted Zygotes

“You’ll get my gun when you pry it out of my cold, dead cell membrane!”

Is this going to be the new motto of the National Rifle Association? It may be if Rep. Paul Broun gets his way. The member of Congress from Georgia has been joined by 55 of his fellow House Republicans in […]

Mammals Nearly As Threatened As Amphibians

We’re used to thinking about the peril the world’s amphibian species are in. However, we mammals aren’t that much better off. […]

Most Christian States Are Least Wealthy

Those states that have the highest percentage of Christian residents have the lowest median income. These statistics contradict the hypothesis underlying the preachers of the Prosperity Gospel. […]

Watch the World Population Clock

The world’s population increased by 800 just in the time it took me to write this short article. […]