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U.S. Census Undercounts: Risks, Consequences and Solutions

Susan Strate Addresses National League of Cities Conference

On Jan. 14th, the National League of Cities hosted its first of the 2021 Webinar series titled, “2020 Census City Undercounts: Risks, Consequences, and Solutions”.

The webinar examined the stark example of college towns after the exodus of students following COVID-related lockdown orders immediately. It also covered the sources and risks of an undercount in cities, obstacles to getting an accurate final count through data, and what cities may still be able to do ensure an accurate final count.

Speakers included:

  • Mayor Steve Patterson, City of Athens, Ohio;
  • Susan Strate, Senior Program Manager, UMass Donahue Institute, Massachusetts liaison to the Federal State Cooperative for Population Estimates (FSCPE); and,
  • Denice Ross, Senior Fellow, National Conference on Citizenship and Chair, Census Quality Reinforcement Taskforce
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