U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
People, homes vanish due to 2020 census' new privacy method
The three-bedroom colonial-style house where Jessica Stephenson has lived in Milwaukee for the last six years bustles with activity on any given weekday, filled with the chattering of children in the day care center she runs out of her home. The U.S. Census Bureau says no one lives there. “They should come and see it for themselves,” Stephenson said.news.yahoo.com
Researchers worry about Census' gap in 2020 survey data
Researchers are worried about coronavirus-related disruptions to one of the U.S. Census Bureau’s most important surveys about how Americans live, saying a gap in the 2020 data will make it more difficult to understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and measure year-to-year changes.
People of color make up 95% of Texas’ population growth, and cities and suburbs are booming, 2020 census shows
The state’s Hispanic population is now nearly as large as the non-Hispanic white population, with Texas gaining nearly 11 Hispanic residents for every additional white resident since 2010. Those trends set up a pitched battle for political control when state lawmakers redraw legislative districts.
Asian American families face food shortage over fears of violence upon going out, Census suggests
Thirty-seven percent of Asian American households reported not having enough to eat amid the COVID-19 pandemic because they were “afraid” or “did not want” to go out to buy food, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Key details: The figure comes from the agency’s Household Pulse Survey (HPS), which studies how the coronavirus is impacting U.S. households from a social and economic perspective. Since April 2020, all race groups reported being more likely to experience food insufficiency due to COVID-19.news.yahoo.com
Read the room: Now is not the time for these huge government salary increases
It’s hard to justify such exorbitant increases, writes The State Editorial Board. These are government jobs, publicly-funded jobs. The men and women earning the statewide median salary of $53,199 are paying these salaries.news.yahoo.com
Census on track for August data release after court ruling
The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that it's on schedule to deliver the numbers used for redrawing congressional and legislative districts by mid-August after federal judges rejected a challenge that could have delayed the data release even further. The panel of three federal judges on Tuesday denied the state of Alabama’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt the Census Bureau from using a statistical method aimed at keeping people’s data private in the redistricting numbers. The decision in federal court in Opelika, Alabama, allows the Census Bureau, for now, to proceed toward its goal of releasing the redistricting data by Aug. 16.news.yahoo.com
States with most guns, homicides
Data: USA Facts, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Sara Wise/AxiosThe president unveiled his anti-crime plan Wednesday following a surge in violent crime across the country — particularly in big cities.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Why it matters: Part of the administration's plan involves cracking down on gun dealers. The U.S. has witnessed mass shootings on a weekly basis this year, according to Gun Violence Archive data.By the numbers: Kentucky and Illinonews.yahoo.com
Census releases guidelines for controversial privacy tool
After three years of fierce debates, conflicting academic papers and a lawsuit, the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday announced guidelines for how a controversial statistical method will be applied to the numbers used for drawing congressional and legislative districts. The method is meant to protect the privacy of people who participated in the 2020 census, though critics have claimed it favors confidentiality at the expense of accurate numbers. The privacy method adds controlled “noise,” or intentional errors, to the data to obscure the identity of any given participant in the 2020 census while still providing statistically valid information.news.yahoo.com
Capital Highlights — Population gains, losses in state detailed
The U.S. Census Bureau has released is sub-county population estimates from April 2010 to July 2020. That includes population estimates for the 1,200 incorporated places in Texas.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Conservatives aim at Census' method for uncounted households
When U.S. Census Bureau workers couldn't find out any information about some households after repeatedly mailing them questionnaire reminders and sending census takers to knock on their doors, the statisticians turned to an obscure, last-resort statistical technique known as “imputation.” Less than 1% of households were counted using the technique during the 2020 census. Imputation involves using information about neighbors with similar characteristics to fill in head counts or demographic characteristics for households lacking data.news.yahoo.com
Census Bureau's use of 'synthetic data' worries researchers
First came the “noise” — small errors the U.S. Census Bureau decided to introduce into the 2020 census data to protect participants' privacy. Now the bureau is looking into “synthetic data,” manipulating the numbers widely used for economic and demographic research, to obscure the identities of people who provided information. Census Bureau statisticians disclosed at a virtual conference last week that over the next three years they will work toward developing a method to create “synthetic data" for files on individuals and homes that already are devoid of personalized information.news.yahoo.com
Census official praises effort; Redistricting data to be issued Aug. 16
Timothy Olson, associate director for field operations for the U.S. Census Bureau, didn’t have local population numbers to share during his appearance at the Cameron County Courthouse Thursday, though he did praise county officials for their hard work in getting everyone counted, a task made that much more daunting by the COVID-19 pandemic.myrgv.com
U.S. Census Bureau population numbers for 2020 give Texas two additional congressional seats, the largest gain of any state. The new total gives the Lone Star State 38. Will the addition of two seats
/U.S. Census Bureau population numbers for 2020 give Texas two additional congressional seats, the largest gain of any state. The new total gives the Lone Star State 38. Will the addition of two seats be an advantage for Texas in the political arena?boernestar.com
Biden picks first person of color to head Census fulltime
President Joe Biden says he'll pick the president of the American Statistical Association to lead the U.S. Census Bureau as it works toward releasing data from the 2020 census that will be used for redrawing congressional and legislative districts.
Federal judge nixes Ohio's push for early redistricting data
U.S. District Judge Thomas Rose in Dayton, Ohio, rejected the state’s request for a preliminary injunction that would have forced the Census Bureau to release the redistricting data by March 31. Ohio filed its lawsuit last month after the Census Bureau said the redistricting data wouldn’t be available until September, months after the redistricting deadlines for many states. Posing the first challenge to the bureau's revised deadline on redistricting data, the lawsuit said the delay will undermine Ohio’s process of redrawing districts. The redistricting data includes counts of population by race, Hispanic origin, voting age and housing occupancy status at geographic levels as small as neighborhoods. AdThe delay in releasing the redistricting data has sent states scrambling to come up with alternative plans.
Homeschooling doubled from pandemic’s start to last fall
The rate of households homeschooling their children doubled from the start of the pandemic last spring to the start of the new school year last September, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report released this week. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)ORLANDO, Fla. – The rate of households homeschooling their children doubled from the start of the pandemic last spring to the start of the new school year last September, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report released this week. Last spring, about 5.4% of all U.S. households with school-aged children were homeschooling them, but that figure rose to 11% by last fall, according to the bureau's Household Pulse Survey. Black households saw the largest jump in rates of homeschooling, going from 3.3% in the spring to 16.1% in the fall. Even Massachusetts, which has some of the nation's best public schools, went from 1.5% of households to 12.1% of households with school-aged children homeschooling.
Lawmakers frustrated over delay in Census redistricting data
FILE - This March 19, 2020, file photo, shows a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident. At a hearing of the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, Republican lawmakers told acting Census Bureau director Ron Jarmin that the delay was upending their states' redistricting plans. The state of Alabama also has sued the Census Bureau in an effort to force it to release the redistricting data early. “That meant some of the work we would have started for the redistricting data was set aside for later. The acting Census Bureau director also said the cost of executing the 2020 census would be under its $15.6 billion budget.
Redistricting data may be ready a month early, in old format
FILE - This March 19, 2020, file photo, shows a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident. The availability of the redistricting data in the outdated format in August was first disclosed last week in a statement by a Census Bureau official in the Ohio lawsuit. One of the reasons the extra time was needed for the redistricting data is that the Census Bureau originally had prioritized tasks to get the apportionment numbers finished, pushing back work on the redistricting data, Fontenot said. AdThe Census Bureau is working with outside experts to evaluate the quality of the 2020 census data given the challenges, and two statistical programmers have begun analyzing the data, the American Statistical Association said Thursday. A saving grace of the 2020 census was new technology, said Ron Jarmin acting Census Bureau director.
Cities, groups aim to stop Ohio's push for early census data
FILE - This March 19, 2020, file photo, shows a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)A coalition of cities, counties and civil rights groups sued the U.S. Census Bureau last year to stop it from ending the 2020 census early out of fear a premature finish would undercount minority communities. The census data are used not only to determine congressional seats and Electoral College votes but also the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal spending each year. The state of Alabama also has sued the Census Bureau in an effort to get it to release the redistricting data by March 31. Alabama's lawsuit also takes aim at a new method the Census Bureau is using to protect the privacy of participants in the 2020 census, arguing that it produces faulty numbers.
Alabama sues to stop redistricting delay, privacy initiative
It also asks the court to stop the statistical agency from using a new method for protecting participants' privacy, which the state argues produces faulty numbers. Census numbers are also used for the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal funding each year for things like highways and schools. The Alabama lawsuit takes on a new privacy protection technique known as differential privacy. For example, the suit contends that in sample data the Census Bureau released, it appeared to erase the Black voting-age populations in 60 communities in Alabama. AdThe Census Bureau says it is still hammering out the details, but bureau officials have said previously they are trying to find “the sweet spot” between data confidentiality and data accuracy.
Bye, Bismarck: 144 cities could lose status as metro areas
Cities formerly designated as metros with core populations between 50,000 and 100,000 people would be changed to micropolitan" statistical areas instead. Officials in some of the affected cities worry that the change could have adverse implications for federal funding and economic development. Cities formerly designated as metros with core populations between 50,000 and 100,000 people, like Bismarck and Sheboygan, would be changed to “micropolitan" statistical areas instead. “Back in the 1950s, the population it took to create a metro area is different than it would be to create a metro area in 2020," said Rob Santos, president of the American Statistical Association. AdSome demographers aren't sold on the idea of changing the definition of a metro area.
Watchdog agency says 2020 census is still on high-risk list
The U.S. Census Bureau said it wont be delivering data used for redrawing state and local legislative districts until the end of September 2021. That will cause headaches for state lawmakers and redistricting commissions facing deadlines to redraw state legislative districts this year. The compressed time frame for data collection increased the risk of compromised data quality, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in its High-Risk Report. The Trump administration then came up with another plan to end data collection a month early and cut the time for data processing by almost half. The statistical agency also announced last month that redistricting data used to redraw congressional and legislative districts won't be ready until the end of September.
Latest census delay will push Texas' redrawing of political maps into the fall
Texas lawmakers will almost certainly be back for a rare special legislative session in October now that the U.S. Census Bureau has set a fall deadline for releasing the 2020 census results. But the census’ typical timeline was repeatedly upended by the coronavirus pandemic and interference from the Trump administration. “Our original plan was to deliver the data in state groupings starting Feb. 18, 2021 and finishing by March 31, 2021. Census officials previously indicated the second set of more detailed numbers needed for redistricting wouldn’t be available until after July. The current timetable puts the data delivery far past the end of the 2021 legislative session on May 31, meaning Gov.
Census: No redistricting data until end of September
The U.S. Census Bureau said it wont be delivering data used for redrawing state and local legislative districts until the end of September 2021. Styles had previously said the redistricting data would be available no earlier than the end of July because of delays caused by the virus. Before the pandemic, the deadline for finishing the redistricting data had been March 31. Unlike in past decades when the data were released to states on a flow basis, the 2020 redistricting data will be made available to the states all at once, according to the Census Bureau. The state House and Senate will hold a joint committee hearing Wednesday on the impact of the delay in the Census Bureau data.
Latest census delay will push Texas' redrawing of political maps into the fall
click to enlarge Courtesy Photo / U.S. Census BureauA census taker maintains social distance as she visits a home. Texas lawmakers will almost certainly be back for a rare special legislative session in October now that the U.S. Census Bureau has set a fall deadline for releasing the 2020 census results. “Our original plan was to deliver the data in state groupings starting February 18, 2021 and finishing by March 31, 2021. Census officials previously indicated the second set of more detailed numbers needed for redistricting wouldn’t be available until after July. The current timetable puts the data delivery far past the end of the 2021 legislative session on May 31, meaning Gov.sacurrent.com
Analysis: A delay in drawing new maps this year could slow next year's elections
The 2012 party primary elections in Texas were held May 29 instead of March 6 that year — the result of litigation over new political maps drawn to fit the 2010 census. It’s not just a calendar thing; moving those dates can have a real influence on an election’s results. The runoff elections, naturally enough, were pushed back, too, from May to the last day of July. The filing deadlines were moved along with the elections, but the net effect was a protracted primary election season — and a shortened general election season. Once the state has maps, candidates can file, raise money, campaign and press toward an election date — once they know what that election date is.
US House data not ready until April, states' data after July
The new goal for finishing data processing for the apportionment numbers used for congressional seats is now April 30. The delay in the release of redistricting data could be problematic for states that have deadlines this year for redrawing their districts. New Jersey was prepared for such a scenario, with voters last fall approving a constitutional amendment that would address late-arriving redistricting data. One other option includes using other data sets for redistricting and then reconciling those data sets with the redistricting data the Census Bureau releases after July, Williams said. Gina Raimondo has been picked by Biden to be Secretary of the Department of Commerce, which oversees the Census Bureau.
Citizenship data is latest rollback of Trump census efforts
FILE - This April 5, 2020, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. As part of an order President Joe Biden signed Wednesday on the 2020 census, the Census Bureau said Friday that it would discontinue efforts to create citizenship tabulations at the city-block level using 2020 census data combined with administrative records. Trump's commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, had ordered the production of the block-level citizenship data in 2018. The Trump administration made several attempts to gather citizenship data through the 2020 census, including adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census questionnaire, which was blocked by the Supreme Court in 2019. The efforts at gathering the citizenship data were challenged by civil rights groups in federal court in Maryland.
Time, transparency needed as Biden inherits frazzled census
“We are optimistic that things at the Census Bureau will be better. The Biden administration also has pledged to give the Census Bureau the time it needs to process the data. He will report to Biden's new pick to head the Commerce Department — which oversees the Census Bureau — Rhode Island Gov. Former Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt said he’s optimistic the final product will be as accurate as past censuses, especially now that Jarmin is at the helm. “The Census Bureau faced a number of challenges with the 2020 Census,” Schatz said in a letter.
Census Bureau director to resign amid criticism over data
A Census Bureau spokesman said the agency's chief operating officer, Ron Jarmin, will assume the director's duties. The president also issued two directives that advocacy groups said were part of efforts to suppress the participation of minorities and immigrants in the 2020 census. Trump’s first directive, issued in 2019, instructed the Census Bureau to use administrative records to figure out who is in the country illegally after the Supreme Court blocked the citizenship question. Oftentimes, Dillingham appeared cut out of the loop on these census-related decisions made by the White House and Commerce Department, which oversees the Census Bureau. The pandemic and errors found in the data have forced the Census Bureau to delay releasing the numbers used to apportion congressional seats until early March.
Census Bureau director to resign when Biden takes office
Steven Dillingham, director of the Census Bureau, speaks while unveiling the advertising outreach campaign for the 2020 Census, on January 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. The director of the U.S. Census Bureau said Monday that he intends to retire on Wednesday, as President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Steven Dillingham, a career civil servant whom President Donald Trump appointed to lead the bureau in 2018, faced accusations of politicizing the bureau. Two political appointees, Nathaniel Cogley and Benjamin Overholt, were spearheading the effort, Gustafson wrote. You met this challenge head on and overcame it," Dillingham wrote.cnbc.com
Census numbers won't be released before change in power
Those numbers likely aren't going to be ready until early March as the Census Bureau works to fix data irregularities, Department of Justice attorneys said earlier this week. As part of the agreement, the Trump administration attorneys said the Census Bureau would not be releasing figures related to two directives from Trump before the change in administrations. The Trump administration would not be releasing the numbers used for apportioning congressional seats among the states before the change in administrations, as part of the agreement. Several Democratic lawmakers in Congress have followed suit in the past two days, saying Dillingham has allowed the Trump administration to politicize the 2020 census. The Census Bureau did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump vs. Biden: Inside Chicago’s politically split 41st Ward — ‘I don’t talk about it, you know?’
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story said the 41st Ward was the only one in Chicago to vote for President Donald Trump, based on unofficial vote tallies. The Chicago Board of Election has updated the numbers on its website and that is no longer the case. The ward voted in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden 50.87% to 47.5% for Trump, according to unofficial vote totals. Trump’s support in the city dropped to 16.15%, according to unofficial vote totals.chicagotribune.com
The U.S. census will continue through October, paving the way for more Texans to be counted
click to enlarge Courtesy Photo / U.S. Census BureauA census taker maintains social distance as she visits a home. Counting for the 2020 census will continue through October, a U.S. district judge ordered late Thursday night in a decision that requires census workers to continue operations in Texas and the country past the Census Bureau’s self-imposed Monday deadline. The Census Bureau had already begun concluding its field work despite an injunction last week to continue counting past Monday. In August, the Census Bureau abruptly announced it was shortening the census response period by a month, raising concerns in Texas, a state that has been historically undercounted in the census. As time was running out, Texas launched a $15 million ad campaign chasing an accurate census count.sacurrent.com
Rural areas, tribal lands hit hardest by census interruption
Rio Arriba County, where a language other than English is spoken in over half of homes, is at the bottom at 9%. This pandemic makes it all the more challenging, said Javier Sanchez, mayor of Espanola, a city of 10,000 in Rio Arriba County. In Rio Arriba County, more than 16% of residents are Native American, compared with just over 1% in neighboring Los Alamos County. The latter is home to Los Alamos National Laboratory and almost half its residents have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared with 15% in more rural Rio Arriba County. The Census Bureau will absolutely be able to catch up with the rural count, said Tim Olson, associate director of field operations.
Texans Lag in Responding to the 2020 Census, Study Shows
click to enlarge Courtesy of sanantonio.uli.orgThe United States gets one chance per decade to count its population, and each of those tallies has drastic consequences for states, cities and individual residents.The 2020 U.S. Census will determine how many congressional seats each state gets, for example. It will also inform the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal funding and influence how the Medicaid and Medicare programs allocate funds across communities.But doesn't seem to be stirring Texans to action.According to recent study by the financial site SmartAsset, Texas has the 13th-lowest census response rate, with just 51.2% of the population filling their forms.Among the 50 most populous cities, San Antonio ranks 32nd, with a 53% total response rate. Austin leads the pack for Texas with 55.3% and ranks 23rd. El Paso tied for 25th with a 55.2% rate.The coronavirus pandemic has affected originally scheduled timeline for the 2020 count. With field operations paused from Mid-March to beginning of May, the Census Bureau pushed back its deadline from completing the 2020 count from the end of July to the end of October.This year, the U.S. Census Bureau introduced an online response option to make it easier for residents to answer questionnaires from the safety of their homes.sacurrent.com
Approximately one-quarter of local households have responded to Census
As of Friday, approximately 24.9 percent of households in Uvalde County have responded to the 2020 census online, by mail, or by phone, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Overall in the state of Texas, approximately 45.1 percent of households have responded. Uvalde County residents should have received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12-20, and responses can be filed through the mail, online, or via telephone. During the last census, held in 2010, 72.1 percent of Uvalde County households returned questionnaires. The remaining 27.9 required in-person follow-up, according to data from the census hard to count map for 2020.uvaldeleadernews.com
Disconnected: Putting a Human Face on Poverty in San Antonio
San Antonio might need a Marshall Plan, but it lacks the necessary resources. That best describes life and work for the hundreds of thousands of adults and minors who live in poverty in San Antonio. San Antonio, too its credit, has shown a growing commitment to improving education outcomes. Its evident in the growth of the University of Texas at San Antonio and the future expansion of its Downtown Campus. The picture of poverty in San Antonio is so much more than numbers and rankings.therivardreport.com
Coronavirus Shutdowns Cause Challenges for 2020 Census Count
The coronavirus pandemic dealt a setback to Bexar County and San Antonio officials working to ensure a complete count of the areas population when the U.S. Census Bureau had to halt field operations. Not only have outreach efforts had to pivot, peoples priorities have shifted, said Bexar County census liaison Dwayne Robinson. The City and Countys committee charged with getting as complete a census count as possible can no longer use large events as opportunities to inform people about the census, which poses a challenge, Robinson said. In the meantime, the City of San Antonio and Bexar County are still encouraging residents to respond to the census online or by phone. The coronavirus pandemic may have presented problems for census officials, but it also highlighted the need for a complete count, Rodriguez said.therivardreport.com
Census: Bexar County Growth Among Largest in Nation From 2010 to 2019
Bexar County landed among the top 10 counties with the most population growth between 2010 and 2019, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday. In that period, Bexar County added nearly 289,000 people, its population reaching the 2 million threshold for the first time. In 2010, Bexar County had 1,714,781 residents living within its boundaries. That growth made Bexar County sixth in the nation with the most numeric growth between 2010 and 2019. Comal County had a 43.9 percent increase from 2010 to 2019, while Kendall County saw a 42.1 percent increase.therivardreport.com
U.S. judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to avert 2020 census undercount
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in Manhattan has dismissed a lawsuit accusing the Trump administration of depriving the U.S. Census Bureau of funding needed to avert an undercount of racial and ethnic minorities in the 2020 census. On Wednesday, the Census Bureau suspended field operations through April 1. But she also said they were pleased the Census Bureau had announced some changes in the direction they sought, including hiring more census-takers and spending more on communications. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan, whose office represented the Census Bureau, declined to comment. On Dec. 19, a federal appeals court revived part of a similar census lawsuit brought in Maryland by the NAACP.feeds.reuters.com
U.S. Census Bureau suspends 2020 census field operations for two weeks
(Reuters) - The U.S. Census Bureau is suspending all 2020 census field operations for two weeks starting on Wednesday until April 1, Steven Dillingham, the bureaus director, said in a statement. "Beginning today, in support of guidance on what we can all do to help slow the spread of coronavirus, 2020 Census field operations will be suspended for two weeks until April 1, 2020," Dillingham said bit.ly/2x9WYTX.feeds.reuters.com
Census says switching software for U.S. population count
(Reuters) - The U.S. Census Bureau confirmed on Thursday it is shelving the online response software it bought from Pegasystems Inc (PEGA.O) for this years population count in favor of an in-house alternative the bureau believes can handle more traffic. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Census pamphlets and paperwork are pictured in this photo illustration in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., July 15, 2019. The Pega software has been proven to scale to beyond the full requisite volumes, she said in a statement to Reuters, adding that its software will continue to be used for other census functions. Reuters reported here in December that Census officials had been considering scrapping the Pega software for Primus. Thieme did not immediately respond to a question about the cost of the piece of Pegas software that is being shelved.feeds.reuters.com