Pa.’s 2020 census response exceeds national average | The Numbers Racket

BY: - June 1, 2021

In May, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), which led the commonwealth’s census outreach efforts, reported that Pennsylvania’s household response rate was 99.9 percent for the 2020 census count.

Census experts make $2B ask for census data infrastructure improvements

BY: - May 4, 2021

In a letter to the chairs and ranking members of House and Senate Appropriations committees, The Census Project, a national coalition of 55 organizations, including the advocacy group, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, asked Congressional leaders to allocate $2 billion in funding for the Bureau in its 2022 Fiscal Year appropriations.

Census data kicks off partisan brawl in statehouses over U.S. House seats

BY: - April 28, 2021

States key to Biden’s victory, such as Pennsylvania and Michigan, are set to lose congressional districts, while Colorado, which also backed Biden, will pick up another seat.

Now Hiring: Redistricting commission seeks applicants for chair to oversee 2021 mapmaking

BY: - March 29, 2021

The four-member commission, which redraws the boundaries for Pennsylvania’s state House and Senate districts once every 10 years, announced Monday that it’s accepting applications for a fifth member who will serve as its chair.  


Census 2020: How we miss the mark on collecting data | Ana White

BY: - October 23, 2020

The decennial count does a bad job of capturing and reflecting the true diversity of America's Black and Brown communities.


With deadline approaching, here’s how Pa. counties are doing with their Census response rates | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 3, 2020

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. As we’ve mentioned before, the U.S. Census is a very big deal, indeed. The decennial head count of everyone living in the United States impacts everything from federal assistance to the states to representation on Capitol Hill. So, with the count set to end on September 30, the Pennsylvania State Data Center has an […]

Scanlon, Pa. Dems talk about Census challenges amid pandemic

BY: - May 21, 2020

Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Scanlon and the others emphasized the importance of the census and getting an accurate count. 

COVID-19 threatens census. At stake: money, political power

BY: - April 1, 2020

The pandemic threatens to make the count even more difficult than usual, which could exacerbate the inequitable distribution of resources among states.

‘As big a challenge our country has ever faced’: COVID-19 forces census officials to get creative

BY: - March 30, 2020

On a call with census officials across the state, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., outlined the new challenges facing the 2020 census count, calling it “about as big a challenge as our country has ever faced.”


Census 2020: Make sure you stand up and get counted | Opinion

BY: - March 5, 2020

It makes a huge difference in intangible ways that can shape your future and impact the quality of life in your community.

NAACP suing state for prison gerrymandering

BY: - February 29, 2020

They argue in their civil lawsuit, which was filed in Commonwealth Court on Thursday by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Ballard Spahr, that it’s illegal for Pennsylvania to count prisoners as residents of the counties where they are incarcerated rather than the county where they were living before they were incarcerated.


Pa. made a $44M Census mistake in 2010. How one group is trying to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 22, 2020

"The rate of uncounted young kids in urban areas is double or triple the national figure," an advocacy group says.