2020 Census over or undercounted a total of 14 states, including Utah

May 19, 2022, 2:37 PM | Updated: May 20, 2022, 10:40 am

14 states over or undercounted in 2020 Census....

Photo Credit: Getty Images

SALT LAKE CITY — According to a new US Census Bureau report, Utah’s population was overcounted by approximately 2.59% in the 2020 Census. Furthermore, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 13 other states were over or undercounted in 2020. The U.S. Census Bureau came to these conclusions through the Post Enumeration Survey (PES)

Census Director Robert Santos, said that understanding which states were inaccurately counted can help them better plan for 2030’s count. They can also work toward the goal of more consistent and equal census coverage across the nation.

“Transparency is a critical aspect of scientific integrity. That is why we are releasing these results to the public,” said Santos.

The Post Enumeration Survey

According to the Census website, the PES estimate shows how accurately the 2020 Census counted everyone in the nation. The PES creates an independent estimate of how many people are living in the United States on April 1, 2020. It is then used to survey a sample of people in households in the U.S. and matches the responses to 2020 Census records. 

“Achieving an accurate count for all 50 states and DC is always a difficult endeavor, and these results suggest it was difficult again in 2020, particularly given the unprecedented challenges we faced,” Santos said.

According to the Census website, the Census Bureau released the first results from the PES on March 10, 2022. 

Santos’ reflection

Santos said he wants to emphasize that 2020 was a unique and challenging year for the department as a whole. That said, Santos is very proud of the staff and community. 

“I continue to be proud of the efforts of our career staff and appreciative of our community partners,” Santos added.

Over and undercounted states in the 2020 Census

The states that were undercounted include Arkansas (-5.04%), Florida (-3.48%), Illinois (-1.97%), Mississippi (-4.11%), Tennessee (-4.78%) and Texas (-1.92%).

The states that were overcounted include Delaware (+5.45%), Hawaii (+6.79%), Massachusetts (+2.24%), Minnesota (+3.84%), New York (+3.44%), Ohio (+1.49%), Rhode Island (+5.05%) and Utah (+2.59%).

Related Story: Some groups were overcounted or undercounted in the 2020 Census


We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Politics + Government

FILE - The Instagram app icon on the screen of a mobile device. With an eye on testing the Reels al...

Simone Seikaly

Instagram algorithm test “is scary,” says Utah state senator

Utah State Senator Mike McKell said Instagram's algorithm isn't alone in helping to target users for unsafe content.

14 hours ago

governor cox and several other people speak about his plan to address homelessness in utah...

Aimee Cobabe and Hugo Rikard-Bell

Gov. Cox releases budget plan to improve homelessness resources in Utah

Gov. Spencer Cox's office said Utah has gaps in how it addresses homelessness. His plans will attempt to close those gaps.

16 hours ago

Simone Seikaly

Democratic Rep. Brian King launches bid for Utah governor

King was elected to the Utah House in 2008, and though a Democratic governor is rare in Utah, King said voters want to move beyond labels.

18 hours ago

Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Japayal on Sunday reiterated her call for a ceasefire in Gaza, eve...

Casey Gannon, CNN

Rep. Pramila Jayapal stands by call for ceasefire in Gaza as fighting resumes

Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Japayal on Sunday reiterated her call for a ceasefire in Gaza, even as fighting has resumed.

2 days ago

Buoys meant to deter migrant crossings are anchored in the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass, Texas, o...

Sara Weisfeldt and Kaanita Iyer, CNN

Federal appeals court orders Texas to remove controversial border buoys from Rio Grande

Texas has been ordered to remove its border buoys from the Rio Grande, in another victory for the Biden administration.

3 days ago

FILE - U.S. Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., holds a miniature American flag that was presented to him a...

By Gregory Krieg, CNN

The race is already on for Santos’ New York seat as Hochul prepares to announce special election date

George Santos is gone from Congress, but his disastrous tenure will not be forgotten by party leaders as they prepare for what is expected to be a fiercely contested and expensive special election to replace him.

4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Aerial photo of Bear Lake shoreline with canopies and people camped out on the beach...

Visit Bear Lake

Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Bear Lake is the perfect getaway if you are last-minute summer vacation planning. Enjoy activities with your whole family at this iconic lake.

2020 Census over or undercounted a total of 14 states, including Utah