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Census Bureau not changing some population estimates for Detroit

2020 Census Questionnaire
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2020 Census Questionnaire

Detroit officials charged the Census Bureau miscounted residents twice: under-reporting the city’s total population and missing some people who lived together in group settings.

The bureau had an especially difficult time counting people in so-called “group quarters” like dorms, jails, and nursing homes because many were locked down due to the pandemic.

Detroit won its challenge over group quarters with the bureau adding an extra 1,400 people to the city’s total.

But the bureau rejected an effort to change the overall population estimate, which found Detroit had dropped from about 670-thousand people in 2019, to around 639-thousand by 2020.

Detroit officials will reportedly again contest that estimate through a different challenge program offered by the Census Bureau.

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