The U.S. Census Bureau released results from its “post-enumeration survey” on May 22, 2012, providing a measure of the accuracy of the 2010 Census. The results found that the 2010 Census had a net overcount of 0.01 percent, meaning that only about 36,000 people were overcounted in the 2010 Census. This is an indication that 2010 Census is very accurate at the national level. The accuracy of census results varies by population group and by geographic area. Later, we should get accuracy estimates for the State of Michigan and for areas with 500,000 or more people, which are Detroit and Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties in our region. Just a reminder, basic census data for each community in Southeast Michigan are in SEMCOG’s Community Profiles (http://www.semcog.org/Data/bycommunity.cfm). In addition, you can easily access more census data through links at your community profile page.
In regard to the U.S. House of Representatives’ appropriations bill (H.R. 5326) that effectively terminates the American Community Survey, eliminates the 2012 Economic Census, and halts several projects for preparing the 2020 Census, we have a bit of breathing room, as the Senate is not slated to take up its version of the funding bill until after the Memorial Day. Please continue to express your support for census data. Every bit of help is needed and appreciated.
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