Texas’ Census Undercount Under the Microscope

Texas featured an estimated 1.9 percent undercount in the 2020 Census, so a key stakeholder is promoting a way to understand it at a more localized level.

The Texas Census Institute recently presented “a methodology to estimate undercounting by studying what theoretical factors contributed to it. Our exploration of social capital, geography, and other factors offer potential explanations as to why certain counties experienced less participation in census activities.”

The organization hopes “to provide a data-driven exploration of what Texans are counted or not and to pursue ideas for creating an equitable census.”