2020 Census Undercounting: How Vulnerable is Your Community?
The risk of undercounting remains a serious concern ahead of the 2020 U.S. Census. Nearly a quarter of children ages 0-4 are at risk of not being counted in the latest tally, experts say. In L.A. County alone, it is estimated that as many as 500,000 children were left off the census in 2010.
Certain communities and demographics are far more vulnerable to undercounting than others. Contributing factors include poverty, immigration status, homelessness, and lifestyle factors. But for all communities and groups, the dangers of undercounting is the same: underrepresentation, less funding, and fewer services.
With that in mind, the Public Policy Institute of California has developed an interactive map showing which communities are most at risk. PPIC conducted the research with support from the California Community Foundation, the California Endowment, the California Health Care Foundation, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Is your community at risk of undercounting? Check out the map here.