Michigan is becoming more multiracial. See county changes in diversity from 2010-2020
The number of Michigan residents who identified as two or more races increased by 176% since 2010 and 230% since 2000. Counties in the Thumb region, northeast part of the lower peninsula and most of the upper peninsula have the largest concentration of white residents. Nine percent of residents in Chippewa County identified as being multiracial, the highest statewide. 10 Michigan counties with largest numerical increase in multi-racial populationWayne County added 66,871 people belonging to two or more races, increasing from 43,854 to 110,725. 10 Michigan counties with the largest percentage increase in multi-racial populationLivingston County increased by 361%, adding 8,210 more people who identified as belonging to two or more races.mlive.com
New Census data shows downward trend in Bay County’s population over the last decade
BAY COUNTY, MI - The recently released 2020 U.S. Census data is showing a drop in population for Bay County in the last 10 years. Bay County saw an overall 3.6% decrease in its population in 2020 within the recent information published by the Census Bureau. In 2010, the Bay City Times previously reported that Bay County saw 2.3% decline since the 2000 census. The main Bay County cities that were counted in the 2020 Census were Bay City, Essexville, Pinconning, and Auburn. To view Bay County’s municipalities, type “Bay County” into the search field.mlive.com
Millions of dollars in Saginaw neighborhood aid endangered by 2020 Census results
SAGINAW, MI — A 47-year-old neighborhood stabilization program worth about $2 million annually could expire for Saginaw after 2020 U.S. Census results revealed the city continues to shrink in population. But 2020 U.S. Census results released this month showed Saginaw was home to 44,202 people. Saginaw City Manager Tim Morales said his staff was aware the city could fall below the threshold. Saginaw Housing Commission security cameras: $45,055The housing agency will purchase 18 exterior security cameras for commission-managed homes, as well as seven security cameras at the commission’s office facility. RELATED:Population gap separating Saginaw city and township thins; 2020 Census reveals Saginaw County shiftsSaginaw City Council approves $2.2M community development block grantsCensus 2010: Saginaw developers dodge bullet, keep authority over block grant fundsmlive.com
Census shows Detroit keeps shrinking, but mayor disputes accuracy of 2020 count
New data from the 2020 U.S. Census shows Michigan’s largest city continued a seven-decade trend of losing residents. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he believes the Census undercounted the city’s population “by at least 10%” in a statement. The U.S. Census estimated Michigan had 10 million residents in 2020. Michigan’s independent redistricting commission is expected to begin drawing political district maps using the latest U.S. Census data next week. Commissioners agreed to the schedule on the same day the U.S. Census Bureau is releasing the population data required to draw accurate district maps.mlive.com
With Census data in hand, Michigan’s redistricting commission to start drafting new political maps next week
Michigan’s independent redistricting commission is expected to begin drawing political district maps using the latest U.S. Census data next week. The commission anticipates finishing drafts of statewide maps for state Senate, state House and Congressional districts over the course of 19 hearings through Sept. 22. Commissioners agreed to the schedule on the same day the U.S. Census Bureau is releasing the population data required to draw accurate district maps. The commission petitioned the Michigan Supreme Court for additional time, but justices denied the request, calling a preemptive deadline extension “unwarranted.”See the commission’s current timeline for drawing and approving new political maps below. Michigan Supreme Court rejects redistricting commission’s request for more time to redraw political mapsStudents, retirees and a ‘shop rat’ are drawing Michigan’s next political mapsThese 13: Meet the ordinary people tasked with drawing Michigan’s political mapsMichigan’s redistricting commission wants to see your ideal political maps.mlive.com
Jackson is no longer at risk of losing key federal funding, officials say
JACKSON, MI -- Jackson is no longer at risk of losing crucial federal funding from a key U.S. Census designation, officials said. The plan no longer includes raising the minimum population to qualify as a Metropolitan Statistical Area from 50,000 to 100,000. Not having that status could have jeopardized federal funding that comes with the MSA designation. Federal Community Development Block Grants and HOME funds use metropolitan statuses in their grant funding formulas. If it had happened, this change would have been the first change to the Metropolitan Statistical Area designation since it began in 1950.mlive.com
Dearborn offers sample ballots in Arabic as advocates seek voting help for non-English speakers
A Michigan city with one of the largest Arab American populations in the United States is offering sample ballots in Arabic to help non-English speakers participate in local elections. At the urging of local activists, the Dearborn City Clerk’s office released voter registration applications, absentee ballot applications and sample ballots in Arabic for the upcoming Aug. 3 primary. Advocates of Dearborn’s sizable Arab American community say providing translated information is vital to protect voting rights. Dearborn City Clerk George Darany did not respond to a request for comment. The release of new data from the 2020 Census will update the number of jurisdictions required to offer non-English election materials.mlive.com
What happens now that Michigan’s first round of redistricting hearings is complete?
On Thursday, the commission held the last of 16 hearings to glean input from the public about what their Congressional, state House and state Senate districts should look like. And a redrawing of state House and Senate districts could decide which party ultimately controls the state Legislature. Michigan has 110 state House seats and 38 state Senate seats that are divvied up evenly by population every 10 years based on updated U.S. Census data. Watch commissioners Cynthia Orton, Anthony Eid and MC Rothhorn speak with MLive reporter Lauren Gibbons about the commission’s work and what happens next:Read more on MLive:Michigan’s redistricting commission wants to see your ideal political maps. ‘Communities of interest’ encouraged to make voices heard at Grand Rapids political redistricting meetingMichigan voters chose to take politicians out of the redistricting process.mlive.com
See COVID-19 vaccination rate in your Michigan neighborhood, based on Census tract data
So below is a map showing vaccination rates as of May 22 based on Michigan’s 2,600-plus Census tracts. Likewise, Census tracts that include correctional facilities also have inaccurate vaccination rates. That’s because inmates are included in the Census population figures but their vaccination numbers but they are not part of the county-level vaccination data. You can search by county to see the Census tracts ranked in that county by their vaccination rate. Next are a series of maps labeled with Census tract numbers.mlive.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.
Michigan to seek nearly 3-month delay to draw political maps
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s redistricting commission will ask the state Supreme Court to delay the deadline to finish new congressional and legislative maps by nearly three months and give candidates 25 extra days to file to run. The pending request is due to an eight-month delay in data from the U.S. Census bureau. It wants a Jan. 25 deadline to adopt the lines, following a 45-day public comment period. The current deadline is Nov. 1 under a 2018 anti-gerrymandering constitutional amendment that created the commission, which will draw maps instead of the Legislature. It was updated on March 26 to correct that the delay in drawing new political maps would be nearly three months, not nearly two months.
The Year 2042 podcast: Arab Americans fight for Census category
There are about 3.7 million Arab Americans who are unable to self-identify as such on the U.S. Census, which creates problems when collecting information about the demographic. The current option for Arab Americans and the MENA demographic is to choose “white” on the census. Listen to the full The Year 2042: an MLive podcast below. More episodes:The Year 2042 podcast: Health director talks about why Black people should trust the COVID-19 vaccineThe Year 2042 Podcast: What will Biden do for Michigan? Congresswoman Debbie Dingell shares her thoughtsThe Year 2042: Episode 3: Rashida Tlaib talks Muslim ban and post-Trump AmericaThe Year 2042 podcast: Protests, riots, attacks and how law enforcement respond to themThe Year 2042: Episode 2: How the Black vote affected the election in MichiganNew MLive podcast ‘The year 2042’ breaks down MAGA vs Black Lives Matter in first episodemlive.com
Michigan independent redistricting commission will seek more time to draw political maps
Michigan’s independent redistricting commission will seek additional time to redraw the state’s political districts through the courts, citing expected delays in the release of U.S. Census data. But the U.S. Census Bureau, citing pandemic-related delays, announced in February that redistricting data won’t be made available to states for months, promising the data by Sept. 30, 2021. Commissioners voted unanimously Friday afternoon to give Julianne Pastula, the commission’s legal counsel, authority to ask the Michigan Supreme Court for more time to draw the maps due to the late census data. The current redistricting process is Michigan’s first with an independent commission handling the redrawing of state House, Senate and congressional districts. The commission was assembled as a result of a November 2018 ballot proposal, Proposal 2 which passed with support from 61% of voters.mlive.com
24% of Michigan adults say they don’t plan to get COVID-19 vaccine, Census survey shows
An estimated 24% of Michigan adults age 18 and older say they are unlikely to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a new U.S. Census survey. Vaccine hesitancy is more common among women, people under age 55, Black residents and those without a four-year college degree, the survey results show. The percent in Michigan who are vaccine hesitant by age group:18-24, 17%;25-39, 32%;40-54, 37%;55-64, 20%65 and older: 10%. 57% of Michigan nursing home staff, residents decline COVID-19 vaccine so farVaccine hesitancy is highest among low-income residents. The percent in Michigan who are vaccine hesitant by household income level:Under $50,000, 29%$50,000 - $74,999, 21%$75,000 - $99,999, 14%Over $100,000: 20%Adults with children are more likely to be vaccine hesitant.mlive.com
US Census Bureau to miss deadline for the first time
It will be the first time the Census Bureau has missed the deadline to turn in its numbers since it was created in 1976. READ: Census Bureau to miss deadline, jeopardizing Trump planData from the census is key for a variety of reasons such as federal funding for states, but it determines what kind of representation a state has in Congress. Michigan could lose 1 House seat, census estimate showsPreliminary numbers from the U.S. census indicate Michigan could lose clout in Washington, D.C. and in the Electoral College. While Michigan’s population grew about 1% since the last census in 2010, the national average for population growth was 6% this year. The final census numbers are not official, but the preliminary numbers put Michigan’s population at 9,986,857 versus the 9,884,116 in 2010.
Michigan could lose 1 House seat, census estimate shows
DETROIT – Preliminary numbers from the U.S. census indicate Michigan could lose clout in Washington, D.C. and in the Electoral College. While Michigan’s population grew about 1% since the last census in 2010, the national average for population growth was 6% this year. READ: US population growth smallest in at least 120 yearsThe final census numbers are not official, but the preliminary numbers put Michigan’s population at 9,986,857 versus the 9,884,116 in 2010. Detroit’s population estimate for 2020 is 670,031 people -- down from 713,898 -- which means it’s probable the congressional map will be redrawn and Michigan will lose a seat in the House of Representatives, lowering the number of Michigan representatives from 14 to 13. The loss of congressional seat also means a reduction of electoral votes for the state, from 16 to 15.
Voters keeping status quo in most races for governor
Democrats are hoping to gain control of more state legislative chambers after Republicans scored huge wins in 2010. Control of governor’s offices and legislatures also will determine much of how coronavirus-related restrictions and recovery efforts go. While Democrats have been chipping away at Republicans' edge in state political offices, the GOP is still in control of the majority of state legislative and executive branches. So was Democratic incumbent John Carney in Delaware. In North Carolina, a swing state, Democratic incumbent Roy Cooper held off Republican Dan Forest.mlive.com
Montana goes red; it's status quo in other governor races
Mike Parson, and State Auditor Nicole Galloway are seen onstage before the Missouri gubernatorial debate at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia, Missouri. Democrats are hoping to gain control of more state legislative chambers after Republicans scored huge wins in 2010. The only governor's job to change parties is in Montana, where Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. The national Democratic and Republican governors associations and the campaigns themselves have contributed more than $24 million to the race. In Missouri, incumbent Mike Parson, a Republican, defeated Nicole Galloway, the state auditor who was the Democrats' best chance to pick up a seat.
Census takers fall short of target goal in areas of US
In any case, census takers, who go door to door, fell short of reaching all the households that hadn't filled out the census form in many pockets of the country. According to the Census Bureau, census takers reached 99.9% of the households they needed to contact in most of the 248 census areas the bureau designated across the U.S. The second-most accurate information after self-responses comes from household members being interviewed by census takers. Information was obtained by these methods for almost 40% of the census takers' caseload, according to the Census Bureau. How much time the Census Bureau has to crunch the numbers is still being fought in courts and in Congress.
Judge: Census violated order; demands mass text to workers
But the 2020 census deadline remains in flux, making it uncertain if census takers will finish counting the vast, rural state. Judge Koh wrote in Thursday's decision that the Census Bureau and Commerce Department, which oversees the agency, had violated her injunction “in several ways." “Defendants’ dissemination of erroneous information; lurching from one hasty, unexplained plan to the next; and unlawful sacrifices of completeness and accuracy of the 2020 Census are upending the status quo, violating the Injunction Order, and undermining the credibility of the Census Bureau and the 2020 Census," the judge wrote. The Census Bureau said it sent out the mandated message Friday afternoon. Contact your supervisor with any questions.”The Census Bureau reported that 99.1% of the nation's households had been counted, though several states in the South were trailing that figure.
Detroit residents urged to fill out US Census as Sept. 30 deadline approaches
DETROIT – The final push is on -- the final day to fill out the 2020 U.S. Census is Sept. 30. An estimated 50% of Detroit residents have filled out the census and officials are urging everyone to raise that number. With everything from medical care to school funding on the line, Detroit will lose $18,000 in services for every person who doesn’t fill out the Census. With a passion for helping children in Detroit, McDonald knows how important filling out the census is“It’s not going to get better if you don’t participate," McDonald said. Call your friends call your family members and ask them if they’ve filled out the census.
A blitz to bring in lingering Census responses
A blitz of pop-up promotions are taking place as Census staff and volunteers aim for the last burst of counting the U.S. population in the 2020 Census. That’s because blitz of pop-up promotions are taking place as Census staff and volunteers aim for the last burst of counting the U.S. population in the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census was designed for online, mail and phone responses; but catching those who did not respond to the mail-out efforts usually requires in person visits, community outreach and marketing. Brunt said Dr. Kojo Quartey, president of Monroe County Community College, asked him to volunteer for the Census efforts. The Census bureau lists school lunches, highway planning and first responders as among the services that rely on population data.monroenews.com
Saginaw aims to finish census count with Friday events, including free barbecue lunch
SAGINAW, MI - As the deadline for residents to fill out the U.S. Census approaches, the city of Saginaw is improving its response numbers and aims to count its remaining families over the next two weeks. A coalition including the Saginaw Community Foundation and Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services is hosting a series of “Census on the Go” events at Saginaw City Hall to raise awareness and encourage participation. The next event is Friday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at city hall, located at 1315 S. Washington Ave. Volunteers will help residents fill out the census, register to vote or request an absentee ballot. Read more:Flint lags in census count, 22 percent of people not yet counted means less money for areaMichMash: Michigan’s cities are worried about under count as census deadline loomsSaginaw groups offer free tacos, boxes of food as incentive to fill out the 2020 Censusmlive.com
Census Bureau must temporarily halt winding down operations.
The U.S. Census Bureau has spent much of the past year defending itself against allegations that its duties have been overtaken by politics. Scott Applewhite, File)ORLANDO, Fla. A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Census Bureau for the time being to stop following a plan that would have had it winding down operations in order to finish the 2020 census at the end of September. The federal judge in San Jose late Saturday issued a temporary restraining order against the Census Bureau and the Commerce Department, which oversees the agency. The order stops the Census Bureau from winding down operations until a court hearing is held on Sept. 17. The coalition had argued the earlier deadline would cause the Census Bureau to overlook minority communities in the census, leading to an inaccurate count.
Here’s how to fill out the 2020 Census if you haven’t already
Americans began responding to the 2020 Census in March online, by phone and by mail. If you haven’t yet responded to this year’s census, you can:respond to the 2020 Census online here , orrespond to the 2020 Census by phone by calling 844-330-2020. Workers with the U.S. Census Bureau -- the agency that oversees the census -- have also been going door-to-door around the country to help residents with the survey-taking process. Deadlines for 2020 Census operations have shifted numerous times due to uncertainties caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The U.S. Census Bureau earlier this year asked Congress to push the census response deadline from July to the end of October.
California, Florida, Texas lose House seats with Trump order
Without undocumented immigrants, California would lose two seats instead of one, Florida would gain one seat instead of two and Texas would gain two seats instead of three, according to the analysis by Pew Research Center. The bureau currently is in the middle of the 2020 census. Every resident of a state is traditionally counted during apportionment, but Trump last Tuesday issued a directive seeking to bar people in the U.S. illegally from being included in the headcount as congressional districts are redrawn. Trump said including them in the count would create perverse incentives and undermine our system of government.At least four lawsuits or notices of a legal challenge have been filed seeking to halt the directive. The Democratic-led House Committee on Oversight and Reform is asking Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham and other officials to testify about the Republican president's directive at a hearing next Wednesday.
U.S. Treasury to start distributing $4.8 billion in pandemic funds to tribal governments
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department will begin distributing $4.8 billion in pandemic-relief funds to Native American tribal governments in all U.S. states on Tuesday, the Treasury and Interior Departments said in a joint statement. FILE PHOTO: A woman runs on a nearly empty street in the coronavirus outbreak near the Treasury Department in Washington, U.S. March 30, 2020. The decision frees up about 60% of the $8 billion in funds earmarked for Native tribes in the CARES Act, after delays caused by a legal dispute among the nations native populations over who is entitled to the aid. Some tribes in the lower 48 states had sued to say the Alaska tribal corporations were not eligible for the aid since they were not tribal governments. The Treasury and Interior departments have decided to proceed with disbursing some of the aid while the litigation continues.feeds.reuters.com
MCOP to open Community Action Month today
Mobile food pantry, a Census 2020 blitz and a sports lending equipment launch are taking place. Monroe County Opportunity Program is celebrating Community Action Month, which is May, with some special activities today. The following campaign kickoff activities will take place at the Opportunity Center at ALCC, 120 Eastchester St., starting at 10 a.m. Sports lending equipment program launch, in partnership with Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan. The annual breakfast, which would normally be part of MCOPs Community Action Month events, has been postponed.monroenews.com
Dundee Vikings call on residents to complete Census
DCS is your partner in education, and we need your help, said Jennifer Wonnell, Dundee schools' director of curriculum, grants, & technology. Dundee Community Schools is encouraging the Monroe County community to complete its 2020 U.S. Census survey. Census data isnt just counting the population, but determining funding for the next ten years for vital community programs, including schools, according to Jennifer Wonnell, the districts director of curriculum, grants, & technology. DCS is your partner in education, and we need your help, Wonnell said in an announcement to The Monroe News. Some of those programs include special education, Head Start, Title I for at-risk students, national school breakfast and lunch programs, improving teacher quality and career and technical education courses such as agricultural sciences and construction trades.monroenews.com
Census job fair to be held at Bedford library
Representatives from the U.S. Census have been hosting recruiting events in Monroe County for 2020 Census takers. Representatives from the U.S. Census have been hosting recruiting events in Monroe County for 2020 Census takers. The next one is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Bedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman Rd., Temperance. The count helps provide population numbers so congressional districts can be drawn or redrawn to reflect where people live. Job availability by location, which includes Monroe County assignments, including pay rates and further instructions can be found at https://2020census.gov.monroenews.com
Detroit Area Organizations Get Grants To Promote Accurate Census Count
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U.S. Justice Department still pondering census citizenship move: court filing
FILE PHOTO: Balloons decorate an event for community activists and local government leaders to mark the one-year-out launch of the 2020 Census efforts in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is still considering how to proceed on an effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census, according to court papers filed on Friday. In a filing made in Maryland federal court in response to a court deadline, lawyers for the Trump administration indicated that they have not yet finalized a new rationale for adding the query after being blocked in the Supreme Court on June 27.feeds.reuters.com
Trump announces plan to pursue controversial citizenship question for 2020 U.S. Census
Photo via Reuters/Jonathan ErnstWASHINGTON, D.C. President Trump announced his intention to move forward with a plan to add a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census on Wednesday, a dramatic reversal just a day after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the plan had been scrapped. The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE! We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question, Trump wrote on Twitter. Judge George Hazel, an Obama appointee who is currently overseeing the federal lawsuit over the citizenship question in Maryland, gave the Trump administration until 2 p.m. Friday to say that it will no longer pursue adding the question to the Census. Critics have called the plans to include the citizenship question a Republican ploy to scare immigrants into not participating in the Census, which would negatively impact Democratic voter bases.arabamericannews.com