My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

Strong counting on “Strong” Island

Long Island, affectionately known by some of its own as “Strong Island” or simply “The Strong,” has a long history as a welcoming place for immigrants. Back in the 17th Century, it was settled by Dutch colonists before the British showed up and took over. By the time the 20th Century rolled around,  Eastern European, Italian, and Irish immigrants became the most populous newcomers to this suburban paradise. But by the 1980s, the winds shifted yet again, and people of Latin origins, primarily from The Dominican Republic and Central America, became the dominant immigrant groups. Today, the Census Bureau released its analysis of 2007 survey data outlining characteristics of the foreign-born population, such as the education they’ve attained, their income and employment status. Counting immigrants will surely be one of the most difficult tasks when compiling dating for the 2010 Census, we’re glad that the Bureau has a head start on using strategies to learn more about immigrant populations.