Lack of resources, racial disparities among reasons behind 2020 census undercount, Michigan organizers tell feds
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Monday, July 25 to examine the 2020 Census and its impact on local communities. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which Peters chairs, is responsible for conducting oversight of the U.S. Census Bureau. Since the release of the 2020 Census, Detroit city officials have repeatedly stated that the majority-Black city was undercounted, which could have negative implications on the city’s federal funding. He said despite a large community effort to reach residents for the 2020 Census, it was government actions that may have led to the undercount. They also suggested including community organizers input on operational changes and any legislative recommendations resulting from the experiences and aftermath of the 2020 census.mlive.com
Bill attempts to prevent political meddling in US head count
A U.S. Census Bureau director couldn’t be fired without cause and new questions to a census form would have to be vetted by Congress under proposed legislation that attempts to prevent in the future the type of political interference into the nation’s head count that took place during the Trump administration.
Next release of 2020 census data postponed until next year
The next release of detailed data about U.S. residents from the 2020 census will be postponed until next year because the U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that it needs more time to crunch the numbers, including implementing a controversial method used to protect participants' identities. “The truth of the matter is we need this data,” said Eric Guthrie, a senior demographer in the Minnesota State Demographic Center. Other rounds of data on household relationships will be made public later in 2023, according to the Census Bureau.news.yahoo.com
Experts: Asian population overcount masks community nuances
Jennifer Chau was astonished last month when the U.S. Census Bureau's report card on how accurately it counted the U.S. population in 2020 showed that Asian people were overcounted by the highest rate of any race or ethnic group. The director of an Asian American advocacy group thought thousands of people would be missed — outreach activities had been scratched by the coronavirus pandemic, and she and her staff feared widespread language barriers and wariness of sharing information with the government could hinder participation. “I’m honestly shocked,” said Chau, director of the Arizona Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander For Equity Coalition.news.yahoo.com
Detroit Is Largest US City To Challenge 2020 Census Numbers
Majority-Black Detroit has become the largest U.S. city to challenge its figures from the 2020 census following a national head count in which the U.S. Census Bureau acknowledges that a higher percentage of African Americans were...detroit.cbslocal.com
These Michigan jobs have the largest gender pay gap
Men make more money than women in Michigan for every type of occupation studied by the U.S. Census Bureau in its 2019 American Community Survey data. Overall, the median, full-time male worker in Michigan made $53,435 in 2019. Full-time female workers had median earnings of $41,560 – which is 77.8% of men’s earnings. The U.S. average is slightly tighter, with women making 81% as much as men.mlive.com
Search your family history: detailed 1950 census data to be released
After 72 years, the U.S. Census Bureau’s 1950 census is being released from the National Archives and Records Administration. Where will I be able to access the 1950 census? The 1950 census will be available on a website hosted by the national archives (NARA) and will be free to access beginning April 1 at 12:01 a.m. Can I search for someone by name for the 1950 census? The number of people asked sample questions increased from two people per census page in 1940 to six in 1950.mlive.com
1 in 5 Michigan households have net worth of $500,000 or more
The median Michigan household has a net worth of $117,600, although more than 60% of it is from equity in their home. The U.S. Census Bureau released net worth and debt estimates for each state earlier this month. The numbers show a wide disparity in financial success, as 21.4% of households have a net worth of at least $500,000, while 14.8% have a net worth of $0 or less.mlive.com
Michigan has the 9th-most residents with Ukrainian ancestry in the U.S.
There are about 1 million people in the United States with Ukrainian ancestry, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Michigan has one of the largest populations of Ukrainian Americans of any state with an estimated 36,335. New York has the most, with nearly 142,000.mlive.com
Gender pay gap larger in Michigan than U.S., census data shows
Today marks Equal Pay Day, the day of the year which represents how far into the year women must work to equal what men made the year before. The gap is larger in Michigan, where the median pay for a man $53,435 while the median for women was $41,560. Mechanical engineer was the largest occupation for male workers, earning an average of $100,882. A registered nurse was the largest occupation for female workers, earning an average of $66,477. March 15 is the earliest Equal Pay Day has ever been since the day was first observed in 1996, a small sign of progress that the gender pay gap is closing in the U.S. Last year, the day fell on March 24.mlive.com
Minority groups undercounted at higher rate in 2020 U.S. census
The Black population in the 2020 census had a net undercount of 3.3%, while it was almost 5% for Hispanics and 5.6% for American Indians and Native Alaskans living on reservations. Those identifying as some other race had a net undercount of 4.3%. The non-Hispanic white population had a net overcount of 1.6%, and Asians had a net overcount of 2.6%, according to the results. In the 2010 census, by comparison, the Black population had a net undercount of more than 2%, while it was 1.5% for the Hispanic population. The 2020 census missed 0.24% of the entire U.S. population, a rate that wasn’t statistically significant, while it missed 0.01% in the 2010 census.mlive.com
New Census director has faith in quality of 2020 numbers
The new U.S. Census Bureau director says he is listening to the concerns of data users and policymakers, and the agency is making permanent community outreach efforts, in an effort to restore any trust that was lost following attempts by the Trump administration to politicize the nation’s head count.
Detroit mayor says Census Bureau ‘intentionally’ undercounted population of majority-Black city
DETROIT, MI -- Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says an audit of 2020 census data by Michigan researchers suggests an intentional effort to undercount the majority-Black city’s population. “You have to get the count right.”In 2019, the Census Bureau estimated 670,000 people lived in Detroit. Researchers called this drop “anomalous and implausible.”They pointed to prior estimates showing the Detroit population declining at a rate of 0.4% between 2016 and 2019. “The Census Bureau violated its own policies in the city of Detroit,” Duggan says. The U.S. Census Bureau allows community leaders to request a formal review of the official numbers.mlive.com
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.
Detroit could keep $150M in federal funding if challenge to 2020 census works
Data from the 2020 census showed Detroit is home to 639,111 residents, a 10.5% decrease since the previous count was taken a decade earlier. “A loss of roughly 30,000 people translates to $150 million in lost revenue for the city of Detroit,” Kovari said. Two decades earlier, Detroit Mayor Coleman Young successfully added thousands of residents to the count after challenging the 1990 census results. Once the fourth-largest American city, Detroit now ranks No 26. While census data shows Detroit lost 74,666 residents from 2010 to 2020, the city dropped nearly 237,500 people in the prior decade.mlive.com
More multiracial people in Washtenaw County, per census update
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - Cities and townships throughout Washtenaw County saw upticks in multiracial diversity in individuals over the last decade, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau update. However, more than 93% of Washtenaw County residents still identify as being one race. This resulted in multiracial diversity nearly doubling in the last decade to 6.6% of Washtenaw County’s population, or about 29,200 residents. The three areas with the largest percentage of multiracial representation are Ypsilanti Township, Scio Township and Superior Township at 9% each. However, the city has a lower percentage of white residents compared to the rest of the state’s percentage (74%).mlive.com
How racial makeup of Kent County communities has changed since 2010
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — New data from the U.S. Census Bureau provides a glimpse into how Kent County’s demographic makeup changed between 2010 and 2020. To see how the demographic makeup of communities in Kent County have changed since 2010, see the charts below. Among Kent County’s municipalities, Byron Township saw the biggest increase, in raw numbers, in white residents. The number of people who identify as being two or more races grew in all of Kent County’s municipalities. The city of Grand Rapids, the county’s biggest city, saw the biggest increase.mlive.com
Kent, Ottawa, Allegan counties have big percentage of residents under 18, new 2020 Census data shows
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Not only did Kent, Allegan and Ottawa counties post big population gains in the 2020 Census — they also stand out for having a lot of people under 18. Only two other counties in the state, Branch and St. Joseph, had such a high percentage of young people. The statistic was greeted with enthusiasm by Ottawa County Board of Commissioners Chairmen Roger Bergman. He attributed the high percentage of people under 18 to Ottawa being a “family oriented” place, and having a strong parks system. In many northern Michigan counties and the Upper Peninsula, the percentage is higher.mlive.com
Census: Big population drops in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, most of Metro Detroit grows
Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show some of Michigan’s largest percentage population losses over the past decade are in the state’s Upper Peninsula, while three of the four most populous counties in the Lower Peninsula gained people.
Michigan Supreme Court denies request to extend redistricting deadline amid census delays
The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday denied a petition to grant relief to the state’s redistricting panel, who expects to adopt new congressional and legislative maps months later than allowed by the constitution.
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.