Population Data

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
These areas and population groups are considered "hard to count", because the Census Bureau sends enumerators into the field to talk with each non-responding household one-by-one. This "non-response follow-up" component of the census can be difficult, time-consuming, and costly (to the Census Bureau, and to taxpayers). If these groups and their communities are not counted fairly & accurately, they will be deprived of equal political representation and vital public and private resources.


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