An accurate Census count provides federal funding for transportation, health, housing, workforce development, public safety and other key City services. Approximately $675 billion in federal funding is allocated to states, and California currently receives almost $77 billion based on Census-related data. It is estimated that the City of Long Beach received an estimated $115 million based on the same Census-related data.
California is designated by the U.S. Census as the hardest to count state in the nation, with approximately 10.4 million Californians living in census tracts labeled “hard-to-count.” The US Census Bureau defines a “hard-to-count” (HTC) Census tract as one where more than 30 percent of households are not likely to respond to the Census. The County of Los Angeles is the largest County in the nation, with the highest number (2,627) of HTC Census block groups. Long Beach has the second highest number of HTC Census block groups in the County, with 155 out of a total of 2,627 Census block groups labeled HTC.
Census Planning Group
To engage community support for an accurate and complete 2020 Census, Long Beach created a 2020 Census Planning Group. The group will be tasked with developing detailed strategic framework and plan and provide census related support as needed. The core planning group includes City department representatives from:
- Development Services
- Economic Development
- Technology & Innovation
- City Managers
- Office of Civic Innovation
- Office of Public Affairs & Communications
- Government Affairs
- Accessibility Office
Long Beach Complete Count Committee
The Complete Count Committee (CCC) is the team that will lead their community in promotion of a 2020 Census awareness campaign, from now until census follow-ups are completed in 2020. The committees will include a cross section of community representatives as best practices for a complete count commitee.
There has been a longstanding and significant undercount of HTC groups during official Census counts. Some populations have been repeatedly undercounted nationwide in the decennial census. These populations include, but are not limited to, Black/African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, people with disabilities, people who are experiencing homelessness, renters, individuals living in homes without a broadband Internet subscription, people living close to or below the poverty line, foreign-born residents and children younger than five years old.
To view City of Long Beach Hard-to-Count census tracts and block groups access the California Hard-To-Count Interactive Map View the Long Beach LRS Map. Additional information about the California Hard-to-count Interactive Map and the California Hard-to-Count Index can be found here.
An undercounted population creates an unequal distribution of resources and contributes to underfunding programs that are critical to assisting some of the most vulnerable individuals in Long Beach.
What are the challenges in 2020?
The 2020 Census faces severe underfunding that previous Census efforts have not experienced. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates it would cost $17.8 billion for an accurate 2020 Census count. To date, the federal government has allocated $12.5 billion. This funding deficit has resulted in the U.S. Census Bureau employing cost-savings measures that will directly impact HTC communities’ participation in the Census. In addition, this next Census will require people to respond to the survey online for the first time, rather than completing a paper survey through the mail.
To address these challenges, the City of Long Beach is partnering with community-based organizations and trusted messengers to create the Census 2020 Long Beach Complete Count Committee (LBCCC) in May 2019.
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