Societal changes drive public policy.  These shifts include an aging population; the growth of high tech and service sector jobs; evolving views on race, ethnicity, and immigration; and changes in family structure.  Pew studies these attitudes and trends and their impact through the use of original public opinion survey research, along with social, economic, and demographic data analysis.  Pew’s work includes a major study of the millennial generation and the distinct path it is forging toward adulthood, with fewer ties to traditional religious and political institutions and more use of social media to build personal networks.

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  • Appendix: Data Source

    • July 29, 2015

    The analysis is based on the monthly Current Population Survey (CPS). Collected by the Census Bureau, the CPS is the basis for the national unemployment rate estimate released each month. Designed to be a labor force survey, the questionnaire also collects detailed demographic information on about 130,000 respondents each month. The particular CPS data files […] Read More

  • About This Report

    • July 29, 2015

    This report presents the trends in the living arrangements, household formation and salient labor market outcomes of 18- to 34-year-olds since 2007. The labor market recovery has generally been more robust for better-educated young adults, and the report provides trends broken down by education. The analysis is based on the Current Population Survey. This survey […] Read More

  • References

    • July 29, 2015

    Bitler, Marianne, and Hilary Hoynes. “The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: The Safety Net, Living Arrangements, and Poverty in the Great Recession,” paper presented at the National Bureau of Economic Research conference on “Labor Markets after the Great Recession,” September 11, 2013. Bleemer, Zachary, Meta Brown, Donghoon Lee, and Wilbert van […] Read More

  • More Millennials Living With Family Despite Improved Job Market

    • July 29, 2015

    Despite improvements in the labor market, Millennials today are less likely to be living independently of their families and establishing their own households than they were in the depths of the Great Recession. Read More

  • How Census Race Categories Have Changed Over Time

    • June 11, 2015

    The race, ethnicity and origin categories used in the U.S. decennial census have shifted over time often in a reflection of current politics, science and public attitudes. Our interactive tracks the category names from 1790 to 2010. Read More