Concerns over possible undercount of Arizona Latinos in 2020 census

Aug 20, 2021, 4:45 AM
FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2012, file photo, a line of people living in the U.S. without legal p...
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2012, file photo, a line of people living in the U.S. without legal permission wait outside the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles. According to figures released in late June, 2015, by the U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanic Californians began to narrowly outnumber white Californians sometime in the first half of 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

PHOENIX — The latest 2020 census data shows a growth in Arizona’s Latino population, but some question the accuracy of the count.

More than 2.1 million Latinos now live in Arizona, an increase of about 300,000 from a decade ago. They make up about 31% of the state’s population and an even larger share of the state’s youth population at nearly 44%.

“While the Census Bureau did yeoman’s work in trying to get its job done, the challenges were so great that I cannot but suspect that there was an undercount of Latinos,” Arturo Vargas, chief executive officer of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund said.

He added Arizona did not gain a congressional seat like expected in part because of the possible undercount of Latinos.

Vargas believes the failed attempts by the Trump administration to get a citizenship question on the census form kept some Latinos from filling it out.

A survey his group conducted in late 2019 found a large portion of Latinos thought the citizenship question made it to the census form, even though the U.S. Supreme Court blocked it.

Vargas said the attempts to include the citizenship question coupled with the coronavirus pandemic created challenges for the Census Bureau in its efforts to get everyone counted.

He hopes the post-enumeration survey will show if there was indeed an undercount of the Latino population in Arizona and other states.

The post-enumeration survey measures the accuracy of the census by estimating how many people and housing units were missed or counted erroneously.

The first round of results will be released in the first quarter of 2022 and more results in the summer of that year.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

A Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at a vaccination center in Casablanca, Morocco, Monday, Oct. ...

In report covering 3 days, Arizona adds 5,660 COVID-19 cases, 174 deaths

In a report covering three days’ worth of data, Arizona health officials on Tuesday added 5,660 cases and 174 deaths to the state’s COVID-19 totals.
9 hours ago
(AP Photo)...

1 man dead, teen in custody following Phoenix shooting

Police are investigating the death of a man who was shot in Phoenix Monday evening, authorities said.
9 hours ago
Three firefighters received medical treatment for minor injuries after battling a house fire on Oct...

3 firefighters injured, search for dog continues after Glendale house fire

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries after fighting a house fire in Glendale, authorities said Monday night.
9 hours ago
(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)...
Griselda Zetino

Arizona’s top health official stresses COVID vaccines are still the ‘best protecting device’

The death of Colin Powell is putting a spotlight on breakthrough COVID-19 cases, which Arizona’s top health official said are extremely rare and added the vaccine is still the most effective way to fight off the virus.
9 hours ago
Thomas Rhett, left, and Old Dominion, right (Getty Images Photos)...
Danny Shapiro

Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion to perform at Waste Management Phoenix Open’s 16th hole

There will be a different reason to cheer at the upcoming Waste Management Phoenix Open when two popular country music acts perform on the fairway of the famous 16th hole of the golf course.
9 hours ago
(City of Goodyear photo)...

UPS opening another facility in Goodyear, hiring 400 for various positions

UPS is opening a new facility in Goodyear, its second in the city, and plans to add 400 full- and part-time jobs.
9 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

PNC Bank

How one organization supports early childhood literacy for the most vulnerable

Nearly two out of every three children in low-income communities don’t own a single children’s book, a fact that ultimately could have profound impacts even before entering kindergarten, according to Arizona nonprofit Southwest Human Development.

Grill like a pro this fall with tips from Albertsons

As the weather cools and football season kicks off, it’s a great time to fire up the grill and enjoy your favorite outdoor meals.
Day & Night Air

Tips to lower your energy bill in the Arizona heat

Does your summer electric bill make you groan? Are you looking for effective ways to reduce your bill?
Concerns over possible undercount of Arizona Latinos in 2020 census