May 5, 2021 from 10am-12pm (MST)

COVID-19 Impacts on a Fair and Accurate U.S. Census



The decennial U.S. census is our one opportunity, every 10 years, to capture who we are, where we live, and how we’re growing together as a nation.  In April 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau released results from the 2020 Census.  The data show that between 2010 and 2020, the United States grew by 22,700,000 individuals, or 7.4%, the second lowest relative growth—behind the 1930s—in U.S. history.  In this talk, I highlight preliminary results from Census 2020, and unpack and explain how the COVID-19 pandemic affected Census 2020 operations.  The concern among many scholars and community activists is that the pandemic, along with numerous other challenges, made it more difficult to count Americans in 2020, potentially yielding a census undercount among “hard-to-count” populations. 



Dr. Jason Jurjevich is an Associate Professor of Practice in the School of Geography, Development & Environment at the University of Arizona. As a population geographer, his research interests are situated at the intersection of people and place, focusing on the socioeconomic, spatial, and political implications of demographic change. He has a particular interest in mobility and migration. See his website...


Since 2010, his work has been cited in numerous media outlets, including National Public Radio (NPR), Univision, CityLab, Governing Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Cities, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.  His most recent project is Census 20/20, a website aimed at fostering community preparedness and inspiring individual action to support a fair and accurate census in 2020.