The Center for Urban Research at the City University of New York analyzed 2010 census mail return rates and the share of households in each congressional district with inadequate internet service and created a map that shows the counties most likely to be under-counted in 2020. "If these districts already tend to have low self-response via mail, and households in these districts also tend to be less connected to the internet, then the preferred online option for self-response in 2020 may not help boost response as much as it would in other districts with better digital access," the report says.
|The darker the area, the harder it is to count. Click on the map to enlarge it, |
or click here for the interactive map with county-level data. (CUNY map)
The bureau meant to test the new system in rural West Virginia, but said it could not afford to because of the budget cuts. Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson resigned following the budget cuts, and a permanent replacement has not yet been appointed.