Reaching Historically Underrepresented Communities

As we work to ensure a complete count in 2020, MeckCounts has conducted extensive research to identify historically underrepresented populations. These are communities who were less likely to respond in the 2010 census and/or are projected to be less likely to respond in the 2020 census.

Using census data, coupled with feedback we received in our Census Solutions Workshops and other community meetings, we have honed in on communities where we need to focus our communication efforts so that we can have a complete count in 2020.

They include young children, highly mobile persons, LGBTQ, racial and ethnic minorities, non-English speakers, lower income people, persons experiencing homelessness, undocumented immigrants and persons who distrust the government.

Another way to identify communities that are less likely to respond is by neighborhood. Here is a map that shows what areas of our community are projected to be “hard to count” in 2020. The blue are the highest priority, followed by red. Those are the areas that likely need the most outreach if we want to help increase the response rate in 2020.

You can download this map, along with a list of the neighborhoods, on our toolkit page.

This data helps us to focus on areas that might need more focus and outreach. If you live, work, worship or have a social network in any of these neighborhoods, you can help increase the response by spreading the word there.

In the 2020 Census, everyone counts!



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