Midtown still has one of the lowest census response rates in the city. This, as Detroit just edged past the halfway mark with a 50.1 percent response rate, as of Wednesday.
Amid a pandemic and several major changes, Michigan officials say the Census 2020 count can’t be right.
Child support, lack of public trust and self-protection keep some Detroiters from responding to the 2020 U.S. Census.
Undocumented individuals and families, always difficult to count, will be much harder to persuade to respond for Census 2020 as new Trump order seeks to identify undocumented immigrants.
Michigan voters approved a ballot proposal in 2018 to create an independent citizens redistricting commission to draw congressional district lines. After a yearlong process to determine who would participate in the randomly selected commission, two women from Detroit were chosen.
The Census 2020 deadline comes a month early. The new Sept. 30 date will leave Detroit at a ‘disadvantage’ and likely keep the city undercounted and underfunded. Experts expect the state to lose a congressional seat too and census organizers are left rushing.
Downtown, Midtown and Corktown neighborhoods — filled with residents who have homes, parents or friends in the suburbs — have the lowest Census responses in Detroit.
To increase the Census 2020 response rate, the city and teams of community groups partner to knock on doors, canvass Detroit neighborhoods and engage residents on just how crucial it is to be counted
It takes 10 minutes to make a difference but fewer than half of Detroiters have been counted in the 2020 Census effort. Millions of dollars in federal aid and a congressional seat are at stake.
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