Plenty is at stake during this 2020 Census. With a potential of over $2,000 per resident for our city's development, it is important we ensure 100 percent participation, or a 'complete count' within our area. However, there are some challenges. Certain population areas are deemed 'hard to count' based on a historical lack of participation from citizens living in these areas. The cause related to lack of participation is difficult to pinpoint, as it may include a multitude of factors. However, it results in less funding into already resource-strapped areas.
Hard To Count Areas
Research by the Census Bureau has identified hard-to-count (HTC) populations that are correlated with a high non-response rate during a census. Some of these populations include:
- Young children
- Highly mobile persons
- Non-English speakers
- Low income persons
- Persons experiencing homelessness
- Undocumented immigrants
- Persons who distrust the government
- LGBTQ persons
- Persons with mental or physical disabilities
- Persons who do not live in traditional housing
You can improve the accuracy and completeness of the census in your community by identifying hard-to-count areas and helping residents understand that participating in the census is important, easy, and safe.
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