Siuslaw News | US releases 2020 census results
April 28, 2021 — One of the fundamental exercises in American democracy was completed on Monday, April 26, when the United States Census Bureau delivered the 2020 distribution results to President Joseph Biden. The delivery of the 2020 census results to the President is a milestone in officially ratifying the results, which showed the resident population of the United States as of April 1, 2020, was 331,449,281.
The resident population of the United States in 2010 was 308,745,538. This means there was an increase of 22,703,743, a growth rate of 7.4% – the second highest rate of population increase lowest ever recorded.
There is always great interest in the release of census data because the principle of apportionment, the constitutional purpose of the count, determines the number of representatives each state sends to the United States House of Representatives.
Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. More than $675 billion a year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs are distributed using census data.
The 2020 census demographics include the resident population of all 50 states, as well as a count of U.S. military personnel and federal civilian employees living outside the United States (and their dependents living with them) who may be affected to a State of origin.
Oregon will be one of the beneficiaries of a population boost as the state gains a congressman, determined after a two-and-a-half-month delay in completing the census.
Oregon saw a 10.6% increase in its resident population — from 3,848,606 to 4,237,256 — and will gain a vote in the lower house of Congress as a result. Each member of Oregon’s delegation to the House represents 706,917 residents.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown was quick to recognize the state’s increased representation, saying after the conference, “The voice of every Oregonian matters, and it’s great news that as our state continues to grow, we will gain an additional seat in Congress to represent us. . Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2020 census to make sure you were counted.
The challenges presented to the Census Bureau in 2020 were unprecedented, according to Acting Census Bureau Director Ron Jarmin, but he insisted that last year’s census results were accurate and thorough. Hurricanes, wildfires, blockages and civil unrest were all factors that Jarmin said combined to pose serious challenges to gathering accurate information.
“Despite all the challenges of the pandemic, the completeness and accuracy of these early results from the 2020 census are comparable to recent censuses. We had many quality checks built into the data collection, and we conducted one of the most comprehensive reviews in recent census history when processing the data,” Jarmin said. “We are proud to release these first results from the 2020 Census today. These results reflect the tireless commitment of the entire Census Bureau team to producing the highest quality statistics that will continue to shape the future of our country.
Jarmin was just one of the high profile speakers at the office’s national YouTube unveiling conference, and Q&A with media and the public on Monday, April 26.
The Census Bureau has attempted to disseminate demographic data and results more widely this census cycle, using social media and virtual conferences to share department results.
US Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo opened the meeting by praising the agency and thanking those counted for their participation.
“The American public deserves a big thank you for their overwhelming response to the 2020 census,” she said. “Despite many challenges, our country conducted a census for the 24th time. This act is fundamental to our democracy and a statement of our growth and resilience. I also want to thank the team at the US Census Bureau, who overcame unprecedented challenges to collect and produce high-quality data that will inform decision-making for years to come.
Later, Jarmin answered questions about the accuracy of the count and drew public attention to the bureau’s website, which details the next steps that were enabled specifically for the most recent census.
To accommodate the unique challenges of the past year, the office has provided everyone with additional opportunities to respond, including:
• Deploy staff to locations in areas with low response rates to answer questions and help people answer the 2020 census.
• Introduce telephone calls instead of or in addition to sending door-to-door enumerators to follow up with households that had not yet responded.
• Extend data collection by 2.5 months to allow more time for households to respond and to follow up with those who have not.
• Expand reach through more than 400,000 national and local partners and through national advertising to encourage the public to respond online, by phone or by mail or to cooperate with enumerators.
• Work with local tribal leaders to hire people already living on reservation land as enumerators.
• Adapt telephone operations to allow for social distancing in call centers and to allow callbacks when enough operators were not available due to COVID-19 restrictions.
• Dispatching teams of trained surveyors from other parts of the country closer to finishing in lagging areas after hurricane damage.
• Changing field procedures to minimize necessary in-person contact with the public, such as leaving census invitations on mailboxes and training enumerators to practice social distancing when contacting respondents.
• Provide and encourage electronic response options for congregate living facilities, such as nursing homes and detention centres.
In addition to these recently released statistics, Raimondo provided population figures for the president to use in allocating seats in the United States House of Representatives. In accordance with Title 2 of the United States Code, a formula defined by Congress is applied to the apportionment population to distribute the 435 seats of the United States House of Representatives among the states.
Texas will win two seats in the House of Representatives; four states in addition to Oregon will each get a seat (Colorado, Florida, Montana and North Carolina); seven states will each lose a seat (California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia); and the number of seats of the remaining states will not change. Upon receipt of the distribution statements, the President will transmit them to the 117th Congress.
The redistributed Congress will be the 118th, which will meet in January 2023.
Due to changes in processing activities, delays in COVID-19 data collection, and the Census Bureau’s obligation to provide high-quality data, states are expected to receive redistricting data by August 18. , and full redistricting data will be provided by September 30. .
“Our work doesn’t stop there,” Jarmin said. “Now that the breakdown counts are delivered, we will begin the additional activities necessary to create and deliver the redistricting data that was previously delayed due to COVID-19. … We are confident that today’s 2020 census results today meet our high data quality standards.
The initial release of the latest census information was posted on censum.gov.