College towns plan to challenge results of 2020 census

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By MIKE SCHNEIDER
Associated Press

Some college towns plan to challenge the results of the 2020 census. They claim they were shortchanged because the pandemic forced students to leave campuses.

They also complain that the undercount could cost them federal money and prestige. The affected communities include Bloomington, Indiana; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and State College, Pennsylvania.

Dudley Poston is a sociology professor at Texas A&M University. He says off-campus students ran the greatest risk of being missed.

An Associated Press review of 75 metro areas with the largest share of residents between 20 and 24 showed that the census results fell well below population estimates in some cases but also exceeded them significantly in others.

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10/18/2021 5:01:00 PM (GMT -5:00)

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