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How Alameda County Is Trying To Reach 'Hard To Count’ Populations For The 2020 Census


The deadline to get counted for Census 2020 is just around the corner — September 30. The good news is California has surpassed its 2010 census response rate. But, a quarter of Californians are considered "hard to count" because of language barriers, mistrust in government, or because they are unhoused or undocumented.

"The census has been a challenge because it launched almost to the day that the COVID-19 pandemic started in the Bay Area."

The citizenship question that the Trump administration wanted to include added to immigrant fear and anxiety around the census. And then, there’s a new obstacle — the constraints of COVID-19. One county that is dealing with all these issues is Alameda.

In this interview, Casey Farmer, Executive Director of Alameda County's Complete Count Committee for Census 2020, shares an update.

Click the play button above to listen to the interview.

Interview produced by Victor Tence


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Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.