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A new Focus on Facts is available: "Don't Count Us Out!" Who is Likely to be Missed in the 2020 Census? by Dr. Mark Salling


Targeted for April, the 2020 Census is around the corner. The Census Bureau, news media, state and local governments, and national and local non-profit organizations are all working hard to convince the public that responding to the Census is safe, confidential, and very important.

Yet we know some people will be missed. "Omissions" represent people who should have been counted but were not. In the 2010 Census the national rate of Omissions was 5.3 percent of total population, versus 3.5 in Ohio. Other national rates were: 9.3 percent for African-Americans; 7.7 percent for Hispanics; 3.8 percent for non-Hispanic whites; 8.5 percent among renters; and 3.7 percent among homeowners. Larger cities had higher Omissions rates.

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