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US Demographic/Socio-Economic data: Census Bureau: 2020 Census of Population and Housing

The Census Bureau's publications are changing, but their mission is the same - gather and disseminate demographic data on the population of the U.S.

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2020 Census

CSUSB's Associated Students passed a Resolution in Support of an Accurate 2020 Census.

You can help. There is still time! Data collection for the 2020 Census was shortened, the deadline moved from the end of October to the (currently, depending on how a court decides) to October 5. On September 24, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted a preliminary injunction to belay the close down of gathering data. She stated that a shortened schedule would likely produce inaccurate Census results. President Trump's administration is appealed that decision to the Supreme Court. On October 13 the Supreme Court decided that the President can halt the Census at will. Census data gathering will end on October 15.

On October 13 (updated October 14), the New York Times published Supreme Court Rules that Census Count Can Be Cut Short [https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/13/us/supreme-court-census.html], which stated, in part:

"The census has been buffeted both by the coronavirus pandemic and the involvement of the Trump administration in what has traditionally been a rigorously nonpartisan, data-driven exercise. Its early end could mean that White House officials, rather than Census Bureau experts, may use the population numbers to determine representation in the House of Representatives and in state and local governments."

Everyone who resides in the United States is eligible to fill it out. The Census is not meant to be limited to citizens and it does NOT include a question on citizenship. Go to https://2020census.gov/ to stand up and be counted!

Every person counts. The State of California’s Department of Finance estimates that every Californian missed by Census 2020 will cost the state $19,500 in decreased federal program funding. These programs include:

  • health programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Part B, and State Children’s Health Insurance;
  • housing programs such as Section 8 housing vouchers and assistance;
  • food security programs such as SNAP and WIC;
  • education funding for grant programs, for Head Start, and for the Child Care and Development Fund;
  • programs for highway planning and construction; and more.

The undercount of the 2000 Census cost California over $1.5 billion in funding for just eight of the federally-funded programs needed by Californians. We have more people and greater needs today than we did in 2000.

A significant undercount will diminish California’s political power, costing us seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Electoral College with grave consequences for our democracy.

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) reported that in the 1990 Census the average national undercount was 1.6%, while in California it was 2.7%. This cost California a seat in the House of Representatives and the Electoral College. In the 2000 Census the state’s “California, You Count!” campaign under the Statewide California Complete Count Committee (CCC) improved Californian’s response rate, from 65% in 1990 to 70% in 2000. California gained an extra Congressional Seat by just 18 people! In 2010, the recession forced cuts to the CCC. Eleven of the twelve hardest to count California counties had declines in their mail response rate. It is estimated that a 2.7% undercount in 2020 would mean that nearly 1.1 million California residents would not receive funding or fair representation.