Hansi Lo Wang

Updated November 4, 2021 at 5:56 PM ET

The Senate has confirmed Robert Santos, President Biden's nominee to head the U.S. Census Bureau, for a historic political appointment.

Updated November 2, 2021 at 10:19 AM ET

Last year's approximately $14.2 billion census likely undercounted people of color at higher rates than those of the previous once-a-decade tally, an Urban Institute study involving simulated census results released Tuesday suggests.

Updated November 18, 2021 at 12:58 PM ET

The U.S. Census Bureau is again extending a final round of door knocking into early 2022 for a key survey that is expected to help determine the accuracy of last year's national head count.

For Leani García Torres, none of the boxes really fit.

In 2010, she answered U.S. census questions for the first time on her own as an adult. Is she of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin? That was easy. She marked, "Yes, Puerto Rican."

But then came the stumper: What is her race?

"Whenever that question is posed, it does raise a little bit of anxiety," García Torres explains. "I actually remember calling my dad and saying, 'What race are you putting? I don't know what to put.' "

Updated September 26, 2021 at 7:01 AM ET

Prisoners are among the country's least powerful people. But every 10 years, where they're counted in census numbers can shift political power in the United States.