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Once in a decade: Covering the 2020 census

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These slides are from D’Vera Cohn’s presentation on a panel about covering the 2020 census at the Asian American Journalists Association 2019 convention in Atlanta.

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Once in a decade: Covering the 2020 census

  1. 1. Once in a decade: Covering the 2020 census D’Vera Cohn Senior writer/editor
  2. 2. 2020 census basics August 5, 2019 2 What is it? • Count everyone living in the U.S. on April 1 (Census Day) • Count them once, only once and in the right place • Count them where they live (mostly in households, reached via the home address) What are its uses? • Apportionment (seats in the House of Representatives) • Redistricting (drawing of political district lines within states) • Federal funds/local services • Basis of sample surveys • Academic research • Marketing and business decisions
  3. 3. 2020 census timetable August 5, 2019 3 • Now: Preparations • January: First counting (Alaska) • March: Mailings asking most Americans to respond online, on paper or by phone • Spring: Special counts of homeless, people in group quarters such as dorms and military barracks • May-August: Follow up with those who don’t respond For more detail, see census operational plan here: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/2020-census.html
  4. 4. When do the numbers come out? • By Dec. 31, 2020: Total population and apportionment (House seats by state) • By April 1, 2021: Block-level redistricting data on race, Hispanic origin (for total population and voting-age population); occupancy • Other products rolled out through 2023 August 5, 2019 4
  5. 5. What does the census ask? • Name • Sex • Age & date of birth • Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin • Race • Relationship to person who fills out the census form • Is the home owned or rented August 5, 2019 5
  6. 6. What’s new on the census questionnaire? New details on origins Same-sex couples August 5, 2019 6
  7. 7. August 5, 2019 7 The rest of the race question categories
  8. 8. • Sexual orientation or gender identity questions • Combined race/Hispanic origin question • Middle East/North Africa category • Citizenship question August 5, 2019 8 What’s NOT on the census questionnaire?
  9. 9. • Most people will be asked to respond online • Wider use of government records to fill in missing information • More reliance on technology/automation • New privacy protections August 5, 2019 9 What else is new in 2020?
  10. 10. August 5, 2019 10 Some likely issues • Cybersecurity and online response scalability • Disinformation/social media • Counting prisoners • Persistent problem of undercounting some groups; new focus on trying to count all young children (newborn to age 4) • Outreach/reassurance campaigns will vary from place to place • Can the Census Bureau hire enough people? And the right ones? • New privacy protection will add noise to data in a different way – how much will it matter? • Funding and politics
  11. 11. August 5, 2019 11 One-in-twenty young children were missed in 2010
  12. 12. August 5, 2019 12 Instructions about who should be included (or not)
  13. 13. August 5, 2019 13 Non-English languages: Paper forms in Spanish; online forms in 12 languages, phone assistance in 13
  14. 14. August 5, 2019 14 Languages for online and telephone response
  15. 15. August 5, 2019 www.pewresearch.org 15 D’Vera Cohn @allthingscensus Senior writer/editor dcohn@pewresearch.org

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