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Wealthy West LA Is Lagging On the Census

(Courtesy of California Census Office)
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In the world of the census, there are certain communities that are considered "hard to count." Neighborhoods with low broadband access, limited English, and a high number of renters, for example, all create barriers to participating in the once-in-a-decade national population count.

This year, something weird is going on: Some of L.A.'s wealthiest neighborhoods, like Malibu and Bel Air, are reporting census response rates almost as low as some of the most historically undercounted areas of the city.

We're trying to figure out why.


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