According to the Census Bureau, young children ages 0 to 4 are more likely to be undercounted by the 2020 Census than any other age group. By comparing the results of the 2010 Census with birth and death records, as well as estimates of immigration, the Census Bureau determined that young children were undercounted by nearly 5%.
The Census Bureau says that young children are less likely to be counted if:
- They live with single parents.
- They live with young parents ages 18-29 who lack a high school education.
- They are neither the biological nor adopted child of the head of household.
- They live in households that include their grandparents, other relatives, or friends.
- They live in large households.
- They live with non-English-speaking family members or family members who are immigrants.
- They live in poverty.
- They live in a home that their family rents rather than owns.
When completing the 2020 Census, it is important to:
- Count newborns, babies, and young children
- Count young children where they live and sleep most of the time
- Count any baby born before or on April 1, 2020
- Count children despite their parents’ or guardians’ immigration status
For more information about counting young children in the 2020 Census, visit https://secureservercdn.net/126.96.36.199/r75.9ab.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Count-All-Kids-ENGLISH-SOME-SPANISH-Full-Toolkit.pdf.