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Census: Early analysis shows falsifying data was rare

Responding to criticism that a shortened schedule jeopardized data quality, the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday said less than a half percent of census takers interviewing households for the 2020 head count may have falsified their work, suggesting such problems were few and far between.

Census: Early analysis shows falsifying data was rare

The U.S. Census Bureau says less than a half percent of census takers interviewing households for the 2020 head count may have falsified their work, suggesting it was few and far between. The bureau released the figure Thursday in response to criticism that a shortened schedule was jeopardizing the data used for divvying up congressional seats among the states. The Census Bureau issued its statement after a report from their watchdog agency Wednesday that expressed concerns over lapses in quality control checks on the data collected from U.S. households. The Office of Inspector General says the Census Bureau failed to complete 355,000 re-interviews of households. 

US population growth smallest in at least 120 years

The U.S. population grew by the smallest rate in at least 120 years from 2019 to 2020. Figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau show the U.S. population grew by 0.35% from July 2019 to July 2020, an increase of 1.1 million people in a nation with an estimated population of more than 329 million residents. Demographer William Frey says population growth in the U.S. already had been stagnant over the past several years due to immigration restrictions and a dip in fertility. But the pandemic exacerbated that lethargic-growth trend. Even during the height of the Spanish flu, the growth rate was higher — 0.49%.