Keeping count of the young
By Brooke Buckner
Delta Digital News Service
More than half of 18-24 year-olds in the United States live with their parents and will be counted in the 2020 Census, but the other 45% of young adults do not live with their parents which makes it harder to include them in the Census.
Many young and mobile people between the ages 18 and 24 are the youngest members of the millennial group or older members of Generation Z who were born after 1996.
More than 39% say they are not familiar with the 2020 Census and over 18% say they are unlikely to respond, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Demographer for the Arkansas Economic and Development Institute, Diego Caraballo, said “what you want to keep in mind is you’re going to be counted wherever you expect to be for most of the year.”
This can apply to college students who live in dorms on campus. They will still be counted through the University instead of their parents’ household.
The Census is more important than the young and mobile people realize because communities depend on it. The Census Bureau is recruiting applicants on college campuses across the United States to fill up 500,000 temporary positions to help count everyone in the country.
In regards to being counted in the Census, Caraballo said, “It helps everyone around you even if you feel it doesn’t do much for you personally.”