The number of males and females cohabiting is increasing, says the U.S. Census
The reason is not likely love. It appears more people are cohabiting because they lack money or jobs.
A research paper by the Housing and Household Economics Statistics Division of the U.S. Bureau of the Census estimates that 7.5 million people are cohabiting in 2010, a 13 percent increase from 2009 when 6.7 million cohabited.
After dismissing the possibility of a statistical error, the report dives deep into analysis, explaining "pooling resources by moving in together may be one method of coping with extended unemployment of one of the partners" and couple moves in together for a variety of reasons Economics factors are often key."
Among the paper's conclusions newly formed, cohabiting couples in 2010, when compared to 2009 couples, are younger, in the 15 to 29 age range. Are "less likely to be white or non Hispanic" and more likely to live in the South.
The Census bureau collects all sort of information for all sorts of purposes. The every 10-year counting is used to determine how many congressional districts each state is entitled too. These population numbers also are used in various federal funding formulas used to determine how much tax dollars trickle home.
Business use various census data to determine how and where to market.
So how will this information be used?
Should if be used at all? Should it even be collected?
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