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California's Census Numbers Don't Look Too Good

A sign encouraging residents to participate in the 2020 census hangs from the Alameda County Courthouse in Oakland on April 28, 2020. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)
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Despite investing more than any other state, California's response rate is off more than 10% from the final 2010 count. Even with extensions, there’s a possibility for a record low turnout.

With the coronavirus pandemic, census deadlines continue to get pushed and dates have not been set for the resumption of group quarters and homeless counts, or outreach to rural areas.

And an undercount could have significant consequences for the state, sinking California's $187 million investment.


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