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2010 Census Undercounts Latinos, Blacks, Native Americans

Posted: May 24, 2012


The U.S. Census Bureau announced this week that the 2010 census undercounted 2.1 percent of the black population, and 1.5 percent of the Hispanic population. American Indians and Alaska Natives living on reservations were undercounted by 4.9 percent, compared with a 0.9 percent overcount in 2000.

“While the overall coverage of the census was exemplary, the traditional hard-to-count groups, like renters, were counted less well,” Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said. “Because ethnic and racial minorities disproportionately live in hard-to-count circumstances, they too were undercounted relative to the majority population.”



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