2020 U.S. Census
Amid a pandemic and several major changes, Michigan officials say the Census 2020 count can’t be right.
Downtown, Midtown and Corktown neighborhoods — filled with residents who have homes, parents or friends in the suburbs — have the lowest Census responses in Detroit.
Michigan cities need to increase census response rates, or risk losing political representation that can lead to change.
The upcoming count will offer a better understanding of Detroit’s demographic changes but the state's largest city is grappling with a low response rate for Census 2020.
Detroit had marshaled huge resources to boost census participation. Then came COVID-19. Now, as cases decline, the city is trying to play catchup because millions of dollars are at stake from an accurate count.
The U.S. Census Bureau is sometimes slow to reflect the changing nature of families, but this year’s count has made changes to better reflect the LGBTQ community.
Fears persist that census data will be used to target minority populations for deportation, shaping outreach efforts and likely reducing the number of people that will respond to the census.
State officials warn that an undercount could have serious repercussions for the state, including diminished funding and less representation in Congress.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s decision not to allow a category for Middle Eastern North African in this year’s count is the latest in a long history of controversies involving race.
Detroit is considered one of the hardest cities in the nation to count in the Census, and is working hard to increase participation in some neighborhoods. Plenty of distrust remains, though, as evidenced by efforts in the small east side neighborhood of Yorkshire Woods.
So many changes in next year’s census, from online and phone options to new doubts about issues of confidentiality, particularly among undocumented residents. Bridge answers some of the most commonly asked questions.
The county's diverse population poses challenges, especially regarding language and trust in local governments. These barriers increase the chances immigrant Americans will be undercounted in the 2020 census.
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Detroit is raising $3 million and plans to hire hundreds of workers to boost participation in the census, which provides $1,800 per person annually in federal funds.
Detroit plans to hire 100 workers and raise $1.7 million to spread the word about the Census and ensure the city’s population is accurate.