The Quality of the Decennial Census for Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities: An Expanded ApproachMarch 30, 2023
Census Undercount Report: Quality of the Decennial Census for Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities
The Census is the foundation of our democracy. The U.S. Constitution mandates census data collection to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and to redraw district lines at all levels of government. The government also uses census data to distribute federal and state funding. Despite the central importance an accurate decennial census plays in our democracy, the census lacks data on census coverage for Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities at geographies below the national level.
While Asian American and NHPI communities were overcounted nationally, some states had undercounts in both 2010 and 2020. This is a problem because, despite a reported national overcount of these communities in 2020, some Asian American and NHPI communities were still undercounted at lower levels of geography.
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