Beverly Hills Lags in Census Response
Posted Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 7:30 pm
By Samuel Braslow
Beverly Hills is lagging far behind in its response rate to the 2020 census compared to its 2010 participation rate and the state’s current 2020 average. The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated this year’s census and made it more difficult to conduct in-person outreach. As a result, response rates across the country have suffered compared to their 2010 levels. The population numbers calculated by the census are used in the allocation of government resources and in determining political representation.
As of Sept. 8, Beverly Hills had a self-response rate of 58.2 percent, placing it at 432 out of 482 Californian cities. While Los Angeles County had a self-response rate of 63.2 percent, Beverly Hills still ranks higher than Malibu (40.1 percent) and the City of Los Angeles (56.6 percent). In the 2010 census, 65.8 percent of Beverly Hills residents responded.
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