Census 2020

By: - February 28, 2019 12:00 am

Rural and Poorest States Depend on Census Most

February 10, 2020

West Virginia, Mississippi and Kentucky rely the most on census population counts for federal funding, according to a George Washington University study. That’s because they have more high-poverty and rural areas that tend to get the most funding.

Red States Push for Last-Minute Census Advantage

January 24, 2020

As the political stakes become clearer, more states are trying to motivate residents to participate in the 2020 census this spring.

New Jersey to Count Prisoners at Home When Drawing District Lines

January 22, 2020

New Jersey became the seventh state that will use prisoners’ home addresses rather than the places where they are incarcerated to draw legislative districts when Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law Tuesday.

Colonias to Immigrants: We Need You at Census Time

November 18, 2019

In this colonia near the Mexico border, an area of sometimes makeshift housing south of Edinburg, neighborhood residents are learning when to, and when not to, speak up to authorities when you’re living in the country illegally.

Blue States See Dip in Immigrants

September 27, 2019

Despite having more welcoming policies for immigrants, blue states that once led immigration growth saw some of the steepest decreases in immigrant population last year. The red states of Florida and Texas had the biggest increases, along with Washington state.

How the Citizenship Question Could Reshape State Politics

June 28, 2019

Areas like Dennis Baxley’s district, home to the sprawling The Villages retirement community south of Gainesville, could get more in-state political power if Florida decides to use voting-age citizens as the basis for drawing districts, rather than total population, including children and immigrants who aren’t citizens.

Census Begins Testing Citizenship Question This Week

June 12, 2019

As the Supreme Court considers a challenge to a citizenship question in the 2020 census, the U.S. Census Bureau will start testing the question’s effect on participation this week.

Nevada, Washington Join States Counting Prisoners in Home Communities

May 31, 2019

Nevada and Washington have joined the list of states opting to count state prisoners at their former homes rather than where they are imprisoned. Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a Nevada bill May 29 and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a similar bill earlier in May. Both are Democrats.

How Voter Access Laws and Passion Brought People to the Polls

May 8, 2019

Around the country, state efforts to widen ballot access and Trump-era political passion spurred more voters to the polls in November than the last midterm elections in 2014. Nationally, 53% of the citizen voting-age population voted in 2018, a 12-point bump from the previous midterms, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

New Mexico, Hardest State to Count, Launches Census Effort

April 24, 2019

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order to create a commission to encourage participation in the 2020 census.

Immigrants Prevented or Minimized Population Loss in a Fifth of U.S. Counties

April 24, 2019

An influx of immigrants prevented or significantly softened population loss last year in more than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, including the one where Erie is located, according to a Stateline analysis of new census figures. Immigration either prevented population decline or cut it by at least 10% in those areas.

Some Muslim Immigrants Distrust Census in Trump Era

April 8, 2019

In the past two years, anti-Muslim violence and the Trump administration’s restrictions on travel from some Muslim-majority countries have renewed those fears and tensions — and created new challenges for community organizations trying to get people to participate in the 2020 census.

How the Census Will Reach the New Urban Millennials

February 13, 2019

Young renters challenge states and cities looking to maximize 2020 census counts.

Census Prep Vital to States’ Power — Why Some Could Miss Out

January 31, 2019

States fight for funds and political power in next year’s census.

Counting Prison Inmates Differently Could Shift Political Power to Cities

January 2, 2019

Census change could diminish the power of Republican, mostly white rural electoral districts.

The Mystery of Pittsburgh: How Some Shrinking Cities Are Thriving in the New Economy

December 12, 2018

Cities losing residents can increase income with high-tech, energy and education jobs.

Population Growth Doesn’t Equal Wage Growth in These Cities

November 26, 2018

Low-wage jobs catering to tourists and retirees proliferated after the recession.

High-Immigration States Diverge on Census Citizenship Question

October 26, 2018

Some states have largely left outreach efforts to city and local officials.

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