2010 Census Missed More than 1.5M Minorities

Hope Yen, NPR, May 22, 2012

The 2010 census missed more than 1.5 million minorities after struggling to count black Americans, Hispanics, renters and young men, but was mostly accurate, the government said Tuesday.

The Census Bureau released an extensive assessment of its high-stakes, once-a-decade headcount of the U.S. population. Based on a sample survey, the government analysis has been a source of political controversy in the past over whether to “statistically adjust” census results to correct for undercounts, which usually involve minorities who tend to vote Democratic.


However, the census missed about 2.1 percent of black Americans and 1.5 percent of Hispanics, together accounting for some 1.5 million people. The percentages are statistically comparable to 2000, despite an aggressive advertising and minority outreach effort in 2010 that pushed total census costs to an unprecedented $15 billion.

Also undercounted were about 5 percent of American Indians living on reservations and nearly 2 percent of minorities who marked themselves as “some other race.”



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  • Global Minority

    It’s always worse than the government would like to tell you. I do beleive White people are already a “minority” in this country and have been for about the last 10 years or so.

    • WmarkW

       In places where minorities live, whites are the minority.

      But some place are still almost 100% white.  And we need to convince the ones who live there, that minorities are not “just like us” and they should fear and oppose the invasion.

      • The__Bobster

        They missed my whole neighborhood…….and it’s White.

        • alastairabbacle

          Time for the European American Defense Force,

    • ageofknowledge

      I feel like a Martian in some areas of Los Angeles.

  • JackKrak

    Did the census takers not visit all the jails & prisons then?

    •  During the 2000 Census, the Census Bureau paid many prisoners $1 to fill out their Census forms.  The article stated that a buck goes a long way in prison.

  • Missed some brown ones?

    duh – they WERE SAVING THEM as a surprise trap of voters
    this November

  • Johnny Reb

    They probably thought the census workers were plainclothes cops.

    Next time, they should go to the door carrying buckets of KFC, bottles of cerveza or strips of beef jerky . . . or just save all the trouble and announce they’re there to sign people up for increased welfare bennies . . .

    • alastairabbacle

      Considering the  ” aggressive advertising and minority outreach effort in 2010 that pushed total census costs to an unprecedented $15 billion” maybe this should be implemented.  The US government will need sponsors. 

      “USCENSUS 2020  Sponsored by KFC!!  –  Counting the roosting chikins with some chikin wangs, holla !
       Idiocracy had prescience: http://youtu.be/y0O7_3o3BrI

  • sgmpalm

    I went shopping recently at the Georgia premium outlets. Most shoppers were Black, Asian, Indian, Hispanics. Most lack common sense and manners. I had to get out of there. Prior I went to the Georgia Aquarium. There were hundreds of Black school children. I felt as though I was in the African Congo and had to get out of there. Lastly I went to Wal-Mart in the evening. The place was overrun by Hispanic illegals. I bolted for the exit. Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.

    • Diamond_Lil

      I went grocery shopping the other day and no one spoke English, except the cashier when she was speaking to me, and almost all of the brown women were pregnant and accompanied by several offspring.  Everyone ahead of me in line used EBT cards to pay for their food. 

      • IstvanIN

        Congressman Hank Johnson should be more concerned about the US tipping over from pregnant Mestizas.

  • Robert11110

    Whatever undercount might exist in the Census was more than made up for by counting anywhere from 15-20 million illegal aliens and adding them to our population.  There are only somewhere between 30-35 million Hispanics who are US citizens or are authorized to be in the country. 

  • The ghetto isn’t safe for census takers.  I would presume that they’re not allowed to carry.

    • 28174

       We were NOT allowed to carry. Very specifically NOT allowed to carry a firearm. I stood in a doorway once trying to interview an elderly couple who were not interested in co-operating at all, while their grandson stood behind me shooting chimney swifts with a 410 shotgun. That was the most unpleasant the job ever got for me… a shotgun popping in my ear while I was trying conduct an interview, but I never had to explore the ghetto. Never talked to anyone who did. I felt like the work I turned in was as accurate as it could be, but I don’t have any idea what happened to it after I turned it in.

  • cultural_marxism

     looks like she might be producing a lot of mixed babies by now.

  • Was that number of 15 Billion correct? That seems VERY expensive to me…obviously.

  • ageofknowledge