Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UCLA Report Finds Latinos, Blacks Most Likely to Be Missed by Census

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UCLA Report Finds Latinos, Blacks Most Likely to Be Missed by Census

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Latinos and African Americans in Los Angeles County account for a disproportionate number of people who were not counted in Census 2000, according to a new UCLA analysis.

Los Angeles County neighborhoods with the highest undercount rates also had high levels of poverty and a higher percentage of children, the analysis, conducted by The Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, showed. There were fewer people in these neighborhoods who owned their homes, and more unemployed people and foreign-born residents than in neighborhoods with low undercount rates, according to the analysis.

"We already know that Los Angeles County has a disproportionate number of the undercounted population in the state," says Dr. Paul Ong, director of the Lewis Center and a professor in the School of Public Policy and Social Research. "What this in-depth analysis shows is that the neighborhoods with the greatest needs tend to be the ones most at risk of being underrepresented, underserved and inadequately funded.

"The analysis really raises concerns in terms of how public resources are distributed to the cities and counties, and ultimately to the neighborhoods who need it the most," Ong says. …

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