Census takers fall short of target goal in certain areas

2020 census (Photo: MGN Online)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — From tribal lands in the Southwest to storm-battered Louisiana, the U.S. Census Bureau did not achieve its goal of reaching 99% of households during the 2020 census.

Census takers only reached 94% of households in parts of Louisiana.

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In the Navajo Nation capital of Window Rock, Arizona, census takers only reached 98.9%.

Overall, the Census Bureau says it did reach 99.9% of the nation’s households — but in a nation of 330 million people, the missing .1% still represents hundreds of thousands of uncounted residents.

In small cities, even handfuls of undercounted residents can make a big difference in the resources the communities receive. Community activists and civil rights groups say racial and ethnic minorities are historically undercounted.