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Apr 5, 2012

Census finds record low growth in outlying suburbs

WASHINGTON — Living in an outlying Chicago suburb, Jeff Wehrli recalls a heady time not too long ago when city dwellers poured in and developers couldn’t build McMansions fast enough. Now boom has turned to bust, as in many of the nation’s “exurbs,” and Wehrli can’t help but wonder when, or if, things will turn […]

Apr 3, 2012

1940 U.S. census viewable online after near freeze

NEW YORK — Documents obtained by The Associated Press have shown that the U.S. government agency tasked with releasing the digitized records of the 1940 census badly underestimated their popularity. The newly released U.S. census was such a hot item that it took a day for the website to get up to speed after tens […]

Jan 16, 2012

State Constitution requires changes in voting map two years after census

The Maryland Constitution requires the governor to submit to the General Assembly a proposed redistricting map for the state’s 47 senators and 141 delegates two years after the decennial census, which was last taken in 2010. The map must consist of 47 single-senator districts, within which delegate districts are nested. The total number of House […]

Jan 9, 2012

Maryland formally recognizes 2 American Indian groups

ANNAPOLIS — For the first time in Maryland’s history, two American Indian groups indigenous to the state were formally recognized in executive orders by Gov. Martin O’Malley on Monday. O’Malley, a Democrat, signed the executive orders during a crowded ceremony under the Maryland State House rotunda to officially recognize the Piscataway Conoy Tribe and the […]

Dec 21, 2011

Census: Population slowing in large portions of U.S.

WASHINGTON — Many states that posted big population gains in the 2010 census are now seeing their decade-long growth fizzle, hurt by a prolonged economic slump that is stretching into larger portions of the South and West. New 2011 estimates released Wednesday by the Census Bureau are the first state numbers since the 2010 count, […]

Dec 15, 2011

Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

WASHINGTON — Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. The latest census data depict a middle class that’s shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government’s safety net frays. The […]

Dec 12, 2011

Home sales figures from 2007-10 to be lowered

WASHINGTON — National U.S. home sales figures will be lowered dating back to 2007 after the private trade group that collects the figures says the numbers were too high. The National Association of Realtors says it will release the downward revisions for previously occupied homes on Dec. 21. Among the reasons for the inflated figures: […]

Nov 30, 2011

Census: More kids living in poverty in D.C. area

WASHINGTON — New U.S. Census figures show the number of school-age children living in poverty jumped significantly in Washington and in Montgomery County during the recession. In the District of Columbia, the rate increased from 25.4 percent in 2007 to 30.5 percent in 2010. The Washington Examiner reports that the district is one of 73 […]

Nov 21, 2011

Aging in place: A little help can go a long way

VERONA, N.J. — Retirement communities may have their perks, but Beryl O’Connor says it would be tough to match the birthday surprise she got in her own backyard when she turned 80 this year. She was tending her garden when two little girls from next door — “my buddies,” she calls them — brought her […]

Nov 17, 2011

Census finds reaching age 90 more likely than ever

WASHINGTON — Americans are more likely than ever to reach age 90, redefining in a way what it means to be old. People who are 90 or older have nearly tripled in number since 1980, to 1.9 million, according to Thursday’s first-ever census numbers on the age group. The trend is posing unique health challenges […]

Oct 20, 2011

Senate sends redistricting bill to O’Malley

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Senate has officially sent the state’s congressional redistricting map to Gov. Martin O’Malley for his signature. The Senate took a final vote on Thursday to correct about 24 typographical errors in the legislation. The House of Delegates passed the bill on Wednesday, a day after the Senate passed the measure. Both […]

Sep 22, 2011

C. Fraser Smith: ‘The habits of citizenship must be learned’

On Election Day this year, I saw the perfect democratic tableau several times: A mother or father walking in bright sunlight toward the local polling place, son or daughter in hand. The children would be watching citizenship and democracy. They would be watching Mom or Dad voting. It must be a good thing. Maybe they’d […]

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