A few months ago newspapers in Columbus and Dayton trumpted stories with headlines like “More People Moving Out of Ohio.” Both stories relied on data from large moving companies. While data from United Van Lines and Atlas Van Lines is interesting, relying on moving companies for migration information presents a biased view of migration. Continue reading
John H. Thompson, the director of the U.S. Census Bureau, just resigned amid a funding fight over the 2020 Census. Since it comes at the same time that the president fired the director of the FBI, why should anyone care about the resignation of just another Washington “bean counter”?
This bean counter, whose name is likely unfamiliar to the vast majority of Americans, is actually one of the most important people in determining whether Democrats or Republicans control Congress. The census has a significant impact on political representation and how federal money is distributed. Moreover, how hard the director fights for more funding helps determine the accuracy of the census. Continue reading