The Census Bureau says it’s overall count of just over 331,000,000 people* living IN America is good….
But mostly Southern states had undercounts and some other state had overcounts….
For you political types?
The differences won’t affect the House seats…
And Texas undercounts could be as high as almost a million…
The Bureau says minorities where undercounted and white’s overcounted….
The race mistakes are common for census’s….
The 2020 census undercounted the population of six states and overcounted residents in eight others, the Census Bureau said on Thursday, a finding that highlighted the difficulties of conducting the most star-crossed population count in living memory.
The conclusions come from a survey of 161,000 housing unitsconducted after the census was completed, a standard procedure following each once-in-a-decade head count of the U.S. population. The results showed that six states — Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas — most likely have a larger population than was officially counted.
Eight states probably have fewer residents than were recorded, the survey found: Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and Utah. The count in the remaining 36 states and the District of Columbia was basically accurate, the bureau said.
The results were markedly worse than in the 2010 census, in which none of the states had a statistically significant overcount or undercount, the agency found. But they were not unlike the conclusions from the 2000 census post-mortem, which found overcounts in 22 states and an undercount in the District of Columbia…
John H. Thompson, the director of the Census Bureau from 2013 to 2017, said he was not surprised by the variations given the problems that dogged the 2020 census. “All censuses have overcounts and undercounts,” he said. “That does not preclude using the results.”
Still, for the states that missed the mark, the numbers were striking. The bureau said the greatest undercount was in Arkansas, where the census likely missed 5.04 percent of the population — some 160,000 people, or the equivalent of nearly 80 percent of the state’s largest city, Little Rock.
However, that was just the midrange of a much wider band of estimates. The undercount could have been as small as about 43,000 people, the agency said, or as large as 286,000….
More on the NO change in House seats thing…..
But even with the new figures, Texas, Florida and Tennessee will not be getting a new seat in Congress, thanks to a two-decade old Supreme Court ruling authored by former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
That ruling, in a case called U.S. Department of Commerce v. U.S. House of Representatives, held that a clause in the Constitution relating to the census and the Census Act of 1976 prohibited the Census Bureau from using statistical sampling to calculate apportionment of congressional seats.
Said another way, the court held that only the decennial count of actual residents — rather than modeling aimed at producing a more accurate count — could be used to determine House seats. The decennial count is the actual enumeration that must be used; the post-enumeration survey is a statistical sample that cannot be used….