U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
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
Muskegon County sees steady 2% population growth, 2020 Census shows
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Muskegon County saw a 2.1% population increase during the last decade, adding more than 3,600 residents. This is an increase from 172,188 people counted in the 2010 census. North Muskegon was the third fastest growing community with an 8.1% population increase from 3,786 to 4,093 residents. See population change 2010-2020The population growth in Muskegon County is on par with the statewide average of a 2% increase of 193,691 overall residents. More on MLive:Michigan is more diverse, west side sees population surge and more takeaways from 2020 Census dataGrand Rapids falls just short of 200K residents in 2020 CensusKalamazoo County grew faster than state average, Census shows, with 4.5% increasemlive.com
Kalamazoo County grew faster than state average, Census shows, with 4.5% increase
KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI -- Kalamazoo County saw a nearly 5% increase in its population during the last decade, adding more than 11,000 residents. The county grew to 261,670 people in 2020, according to data released from the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday. Kalamazoo County’s population increase over the 10-year period was more than double Michigan’s overall population growth, detailed in newly released data from the 2020 U.S. Census. The state’s population grew by just under 2% in the last decade, an increase of 193,691 people since 2010. Search population data by county below.mlive.com
Grand Rapids falls just short of 200K residents in 2020 Census
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Grand Rapids has fallen just shy of reaching a population goal of 200,000 residents, according to the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau figures released Thursday. Census estimates in summer 2018 first placed Grand Rapids at a population of just over that 200,000 residents mark. With a 2020 census count of 198,917 residents, the city saw a 5.78% population increase from the 188,040 residents counted in the 2010 census. The fastest-growing municipalities and townships in Kent County were largely those communities outside of the adjacent Grand Rapids suburbs, with exception to Kentwood and Grand Rapids Township. Courtland, Cascade, Gaines Grand Rapids and Vergennes townships, as well as Kentwood, all saw double-digit percentage increases under 20%.mlive.com
Michigan is more diverse, west side sees population surge and more takeaways from 2020 Census data
See population change 2010-2020The release of detailed, once-in-a-decade population data has huge political and economic implications. The 2020 census recorded 10 million Michigan residents, a 2% increase in the last decade. White people declined in numbers for the first time on record in the overall U.S. population, according to the 2020 census data. Washtenaw County, home to Ann Arbor, grew by 8%, while Oakland County grew by 6% and Macomb County grew by 5%. As mentioned above, municipalities in West Michigan and Southeast Michigan grew the most.mlive.com
Where are Michigan’s fastest-growing cities? See population changes from 2010-2020
Population data from the U.S. Census Bureau offers more evidence that Michigan’s population is shifting from rural areas to urban and suburban communities and from the east side to the west side. The state’s population grew by just under 2% in the last decade, an increase of 193,691 people since 2010. Population grew 15%, from 79,580 to 91,663Dearborn in Wayne County, gain of 11,823. Population dropped 27%, from 10,601 to 7,727. Population dropped 24%, from 11,776 to 8,977.mlive.com
Where are Michigan’s fastest-growing counties? See population change 2010-2020
New population data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows West Michigan counties grew the fastest during the last decade, while Upper Peninsula counties experienced the biggest loss in residents since 2010. The state’s population grew by just under 2% in the last decade, an increase of 193,691 people since 2010. Ottawa and Grand Traverse counties grew by double-digits -- 12% and 10%, respectively -- in the last decade. Below is a map showing the change in Michigan’s population between 2010 and 2020. Thursday’s release of 2020 Census redistricting data also provides a new snapshot of the racial and ethnic composition of the country.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.
Ottawa, Grand Traverse and Kent counties fuel West Michigan population surge
The latest decennial count shows Ottawa, Grand Traverse and Kent counties were the three fastest-growing parts of Michigan in the last decade. Ottawa County is the seventh-largest county by population but outpaced the rest of the state in growth, swelling by 12% in the last 10 years. The 2020 Census county showed Grand Traverse County close behind. Kent County, located directly east of Ottawa County and home to Grand Rapids, was the third-fastest growing county in Michigan. Washtenaw County, home to Ann Arbor, grew by 8%, while Oakland County grew by 6% and Macomb County grew by 5%.mlive.com
Asian American families face food shortage over fears of violence upon going out, Census suggests
Thirty-seven percent of Asian American households reported not having enough to eat amid the COVID-19 pandemic because they were “afraid” or “did not want” to go out to buy food, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Key details: The figure comes from the agency’s Household Pulse Survey (HPS), which studies how the coronavirus is impacting U.S. households from a social and economic perspective. Since April 2020, all race groups reported being more likely to experience food insufficiency due to COVID-19.news.yahoo.com
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.
Read the room: Now is not the time for these huge government salary increases
It’s hard to justify such exorbitant increases, writes The State Editorial Board. These are government jobs, publicly-funded jobs. The men and women earning the statewide median salary of $53,199 are paying these salaries.news.yahoo.com
Census on track for August data release after court ruling
The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that it's on schedule to deliver the numbers used for redrawing congressional and legislative districts by mid-August after federal judges rejected a challenge that could have delayed the data release even further. The panel of three federal judges on Tuesday denied the state of Alabama’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt the Census Bureau from using a statistical method aimed at keeping people’s data private in the redistricting numbers. The decision in federal court in Opelika, Alabama, allows the Census Bureau, for now, to proceed toward its goal of releasing the redistricting data by Aug. 16.news.yahoo.com
States with most guns, homicides
Data: USA Facts, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Sara Wise/AxiosThe president unveiled his anti-crime plan Wednesday following a surge in violent crime across the country — particularly in big cities.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Why it matters: Part of the administration's plan involves cracking down on gun dealers. The U.S. has witnessed mass shootings on a weekly basis this year, according to Gun Violence Archive data.By the numbers: Kentucky and Illinonews.yahoo.com
Census releases guidelines for controversial privacy tool
After three years of fierce debates, conflicting academic papers and a lawsuit, the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday announced guidelines for how a controversial statistical method will be applied to the numbers used for drawing congressional and legislative districts. The method is meant to protect the privacy of people who participated in the 2020 census, though critics have claimed it favors confidentiality at the expense of accurate numbers. The privacy method adds controlled “noise,” or intentional errors, to the data to obscure the identity of any given participant in the 2020 census while still providing statistically valid information.news.yahoo.com
Conservatives aim at Census' method for uncounted households
When U.S. Census Bureau workers couldn't find out any information about some households after repeatedly mailing them questionnaire reminders and sending census takers to knock on their doors, the statisticians turned to an obscure, last-resort statistical technique known as “imputation.” Less than 1% of households were counted using the technique during the 2020 census. Imputation involves using information about neighbors with similar characteristics to fill in head counts or demographic characteristics for households lacking data.news.yahoo.com
Census Bureau's use of 'synthetic data' worries researchers
First came the “noise” — small errors the U.S. Census Bureau decided to introduce into the 2020 census data to protect participants' privacy. Now the bureau is looking into “synthetic data,” manipulating the numbers widely used for economic and demographic research, to obscure the identities of people who provided information. Census Bureau statisticians disclosed at a virtual conference last week that over the next three years they will work toward developing a method to create “synthetic data" for files on individuals and homes that already are devoid of personalized information.news.yahoo.com
User’s guide to the 2020 census: What’s done, what’s next and what it means to you
A new phase of census data releases started last month as the U.S. Census Bureau completed its process of counting the population of the country. The bureau released state-by-state population data in April, after more than a year of some unique data collection challenges, and more will be released this summer.chicagotribune.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.
Federal judge nixes Ohio's push for early redistricting data
U.S. District Judge Thomas Rose in Dayton, Ohio, rejected the state’s request for a preliminary injunction that would have forced the Census Bureau to release the redistricting data by March 31. Ohio filed its lawsuit last month after the Census Bureau said the redistricting data wouldn’t be available until September, months after the redistricting deadlines for many states. Posing the first challenge to the bureau's revised deadline on redistricting data, the lawsuit said the delay will undermine Ohio’s process of redrawing districts. The redistricting data includes counts of population by race, Hispanic origin, voting age and housing occupancy status at geographic levels as small as neighborhoods. AdThe delay in releasing the redistricting data has sent states scrambling to come up with alternative plans.
Homeschooling doubled from pandemic's start to last fall
The rate of households homeschooling their children doubled from the start of the pandemic last spring to the start of the new school year last September, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report released this week. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)ORLANDO, Fla. – The rate of households homeschooling their children doubled from the start of the pandemic last spring to the start of the new school year last September, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report released this week. Last spring, about 5.4% of all U.S. households with school-aged children were homeschooling them, but that figure rose to 11% by last fall, according to the bureau's Household Pulse Survey. Black households saw the largest jump in rates of homeschooling, going from 3.3% in the spring to 16.1% in the fall. Even Massachusetts, which has some of the nation's best public schools, went from 1.5% of households to 12.1% of households with school-aged children homeschooling.
Lawmakers frustrated over delay in Census redistricting data
FILE - This March 19, 2020, file photo, shows a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident. At a hearing of the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, Republican lawmakers told acting Census Bureau director Ron Jarmin that the delay was upending their states' redistricting plans. The state of Alabama also has sued the Census Bureau in an effort to force it to release the redistricting data early. “That meant some of the work we would have started for the redistricting data was set aside for later. The acting Census Bureau director also said the cost of executing the 2020 census would be under its $15.6 billion budget.
Redistricting data may be ready a month early, in old format
FILE - This March 19, 2020, file photo, shows a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident. The availability of the redistricting data in the outdated format in August was first disclosed last week in a statement by a Census Bureau official in the Ohio lawsuit. One of the reasons the extra time was needed for the redistricting data is that the Census Bureau originally had prioritized tasks to get the apportionment numbers finished, pushing back work on the redistricting data, Fontenot said. AdThe Census Bureau is working with outside experts to evaluate the quality of the 2020 census data given the challenges, and two statistical programmers have begun analyzing the data, the American Statistical Association said Thursday. A saving grace of the 2020 census was new technology, said Ron Jarmin acting Census Bureau director.
Cities, groups aim to stop Ohio's push for early census data
FILE - This March 19, 2020, file photo, shows a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)A coalition of cities, counties and civil rights groups sued the U.S. Census Bureau last year to stop it from ending the 2020 census early out of fear a premature finish would undercount minority communities. The census data are used not only to determine congressional seats and Electoral College votes but also the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal spending each year. The state of Alabama also has sued the Census Bureau in an effort to get it to release the redistricting data by March 31. Alabama's lawsuit also takes aim at a new method the Census Bureau is using to protect the privacy of participants in the 2020 census, arguing that it produces faulty numbers.
Bye, Bismarck: 144 cities could lose status as metro areas
Cities formerly designated as metros with core populations between 50,000 and 100,000 people would be changed to micropolitan" statistical areas instead. Officials in some of the affected cities worry that the change could have adverse implications for federal funding and economic development. Cities formerly designated as metros with core populations between 50,000 and 100,000 people, like Bismarck and Sheboygan, would be changed to “micropolitan" statistical areas instead. “Back in the 1950s, the population it took to create a metro area is different than it would be to create a metro area in 2020," said Rob Santos, president of the American Statistical Association. AdSome demographers aren't sold on the idea of changing the definition of a metro area.
Watchdog agency says 2020 census is still on high-risk list
The U.S. Census Bureau said it wont be delivering data used for redrawing state and local legislative districts until the end of September 2021. That will cause headaches for state lawmakers and redistricting commissions facing deadlines to redraw state legislative districts this year. The compressed time frame for data collection increased the risk of compromised data quality, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in its High-Risk Report. The Trump administration then came up with another plan to end data collection a month early and cut the time for data processing by almost half. The statistical agency also announced last month that redistricting data used to redraw congressional and legislative districts won't be ready until the end of September.
Census: No redistricting data until end of September
The U.S. Census Bureau said it wont be delivering data used for redrawing state and local legislative districts until the end of September 2021. Styles had previously said the redistricting data would be available no earlier than the end of July because of delays caused by the virus. Before the pandemic, the deadline for finishing the redistricting data had been March 31. Unlike in past decades when the data were released to states on a flow basis, the 2020 redistricting data will be made available to the states all at once, according to the Census Bureau. The state House and Senate will hold a joint committee hearing Wednesday on the impact of the delay in the Census Bureau data.
US House data not ready until April, states' data after July
The new goal for finishing data processing for the apportionment numbers used for congressional seats is now April 30. The delay in the release of redistricting data could be problematic for states that have deadlines this year for redrawing their districts. New Jersey was prepared for such a scenario, with voters last fall approving a constitutional amendment that would address late-arriving redistricting data. One other option includes using other data sets for redistricting and then reconciling those data sets with the redistricting data the Census Bureau releases after July, Williams said. Gina Raimondo has been picked by Biden to be Secretary of the Department of Commerce, which oversees the Census Bureau.
Citizenship data is latest rollback of Trump census efforts
FILE - This April 5, 2020, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. As part of an order President Joe Biden signed Wednesday on the 2020 census, the Census Bureau said Friday that it would discontinue efforts to create citizenship tabulations at the city-block level using 2020 census data combined with administrative records. Trump's commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, had ordered the production of the block-level citizenship data in 2018. The Trump administration made several attempts to gather citizenship data through the 2020 census, including adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census questionnaire, which was blocked by the Supreme Court in 2019. The efforts at gathering the citizenship data were challenged by civil rights groups in federal court in Maryland.
Time, transparency needed as Biden inherits frazzled census
“We are optimistic that things at the Census Bureau will be better. The Biden administration also has pledged to give the Census Bureau the time it needs to process the data. He will report to Biden's new pick to head the Commerce Department — which oversees the Census Bureau — Rhode Island Gov. Former Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt said he’s optimistic the final product will be as accurate as past censuses, especially now that Jarmin is at the helm. “The Census Bureau faced a number of challenges with the 2020 Census,” Schatz said in a letter.