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From Texas Standard:

The clock is ticking on the 2020 census count. With just 14 days left, census workers have to try to get a complete count of every person living in the United States – a huge endeavor that takes place every 10 years.

But participation in the census is not consistent across Texas. And there are long-term consequences of an inaccurate count – from less federal money for needed programs to fewer Texas representatives in Congress.

The U.S. Postal Service, often overlooked and taken for granted as a part of everyday American life, was written into the Constitution as necessary to provide dispersed citizens open access to secure and private communication. But now the USPS is facing financial instability and politicization that could affect its long-relied-upon service in an election and decennial census year.

Updated at 2:32 a.m. ET Friday

The Census Bureau is cutting short critical door-knocking efforts for the 2020 census amid growing concerns among Democrats in Congress that the White House is pressuring the bureau to wrap up counting soon for political gain, NPR has learned.

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Though the census deadline has been extended to the end of October, certain areas in Texas remain undercounted — even compared to the national average.

The response rate for the 2020 census in the Rio Grande Valley is under 50% — compared to 62% nationally — and the area continues to struggle with an overwhelmed hospital system as COVID-19 cases surge in the area.

On top of everything else happening in 2020, it's also the year of the decennial census, when the government tries to collect basic information about every person living in the United States to make data-informed decisions for the future.

A U.S. Census worker goes door to door.
U.S. Census Bureau

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce reports there are still a lot of residents who have not been counted as part of the 2020 federal census.

From Texas Standard:

Texas ranks low when it comes to participation rates in the 2020 census – 40th in the nation. So far, only 57% of Texans have returned their census forms.

Demographer Lila Valencia from the Texas Demographic Center told Texas Standard on Thursday that could lead to an undercount of the population, which could mean a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding over the next 10 years.

Families Fear Census Data Could Be Used To Find Undocumented Immigrants, Survey Shows

Feb 20, 2020
A U.S. Census worker goes door to door.
U.S. Census Bureau

New research shows low-income and immigrant communities are worried the 2020 Census could be used to target undocumented people, indicating a high likelihood of an undercount. 

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There are 5.2 million known American Indians and Alaska Natives in the U.S., less than 2% of the nation’s overall population. Historically underrepresented — and undercounted — that population is often called “invisible.”

The upcoming U.S. census offers an opportunity to change that.