Response data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that, among the 30 largest cities in the U.S., Austin ranks 15th when it comes to Census 2020 self-response rates.
As of April 4, 41.8% of Austin residents had been counted, according to data from the U.S. Bureau passed along by Ryan Robinson, Austin's demographer. At the top of the list is Seattle, where 53% of residents have responded.
Nationally, 46.2% of households had responded, according to an April 8 press release.
Because billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed based on population counts, the census bureau estimates that for every person not counted, a community stands to lose about $1,500 annually—or $15,000 in the decade before the next count is conducted.
This year's census is the first to allow residents to respond online and by phone in addition to mailing in a form.
The coronavirus pandemic has all but halted the census bureau's ground game, which initially called for nearly half a million part-time workers to follow up with non-respondents.
Between March 22 and March 28, 40,514 temporary workers were paid for census-related work, according to an April 7 press release.
As widespread protests against police violence continue in Austin and around the country, local activist groups are pushing for what they've wanted for years but didn't feel they could successfully demand: defunding the Austin Police Department. And people seem to be paying attention.
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- The hacker group Anonymous briefly took down the city of Austin website this morning.
- The Texas Tribune looks at the history of racism and discrimination in Austin.
- The Austin Police Department has its own history with bias, the Statesman recounts.
- More protests are planned for this weekend.
- One of the things back on under the new phase of reopening: July 4 celebrations.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced today he is moving the state to Phase III of reopening the economy after the coronavirus shutdown.
From the release:
University of Texas at Austin will limit class size to 40% capacity this fall, offer 2,100 classes online
About 20% of classes at the University of Texas at Austin will be taught exclusively online this fall, The Texas Tribune reports, and in-person classes will be limited to 40% of classroom capacity.
A member of the security team who was temporarily assigned to guard the Texas State Capitol has tested positive for COVID-19, the Austin American-Statesman reports:
Travis County reports two suspected cases in children of inflammatory disease associated with COVID-19
There are two suspected cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children—a rare but serious condition believed to be associated with COVID-19—in Travis County, Austin Public Health Chief Epidemiologist Janet Pichette said during a virtual press conference earlier today.
- Despite the governor's statements about outside agitators, most people arrested in the protests here were from here, KUT reports.
- Protests continued peacefully in Austin last night.
- KXAN speaks to black police officers in Austin about what it's been like to patrol the protests.
- A GoFundMe campaign was set up to help black-owned businesses in Austin affected by COVID-19 and the recent protests.
- Masks, reservations, deep cleaning: Barton Springs has a reopening plan.