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6 In 10 Households Have Yet To Be Counted. So Why Is The Census Bureau Quitting A Month Early?

Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham testifies before the House Oversight Committee in this July 2019 file photo. NPR has learned the bureau recently decided to end door knocking on Sept. 30, increasing the risk of an undercount. (Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)
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About four out of 10 households nationwide have still not participated in the constitutionally mandated count of every person living in the U.S., and self-response rates are even lower in many communities.

Still, NPR has confirmed that the Census Bureau will end door knocking at unresponsive homes on Sept. 30, amid growing concerns the White House is pressuring the bureau to stop counting soon. That's a month earlier than planned and could lead to a major undercount of people of color.


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