Census Bureau Says It Severely Undercounted Florida In 2020

Florida’s population was the most undercounted in the U.S. on a numeric basis in the 2020 Census, according to a recent report by the Census Bureau.

The agency said it missed counting 3.48% of the state’s population, which equates to over 700,000 residents.

Five other states were also undercounted: Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.

Florida had been expected to gain two additional congressional seats following the 2020 census, but only gained one. Had Florida been correctly counted, the state would have gained the two seats as expected.

In addition, the state will not get its fair share of federal funding for the next decade.

A Miami Herald opinion piece blamed the Trump administration for the undercount of Florida. According to the paper, advocating for a citizenship question on the census and other public statements by Trump “squelched participation by stoking fears in immigrant communities.”

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Is it a coincidence that most of the over counted states are democrat ran, and most of the undercounted states are republican ran? I think not.

BDub
1 month ago

Many Democratic controlled states funded outreach and advertising programs.
Many Republican controlled states did not.
Also the count took place under a Republican administration.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The media went into a frenzy over Trump wanting to omit illegals from Census counts, which was free advertising more than any cringey outreach and advertising programs Democruds burn money on. Try harder.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ole Maharaji Trump.. he can tell if you are an illegal just by looking at your name!

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

The Herald opinion piece was more “blame Trump ” propaganda by a left wing media source, rather than laying the blame where it belongs: the feds who want to stifle clout of large red states.

Zz01
1 month ago

The Republican feds wanted to stifle the clout of large Republican states? What???

Anonymous
1 month ago

Those Republican feds are Liz Cheney controlled…

lol…

Lenny
1 month ago

Bureaucrats are not Republican.
The Trump policies aimed at “Draining the Swamp” were intended to fire the unelected bureaucrats and have them find productive jobs in the private sector.
Federal Bureaucrats are parasites that suck the blood of economic growth
They are the parasites that impede the producers.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^
Haha.. I’ll just say something like “Federal Bureaucrats are parasites that suck the blood of economic growth” and see, I don’t have present no evidence or facts and BOOM!.. I appear smart.

Jack Ruan
24 days ago

These are career feds. Job security is their sole objective.

Market Urbanist
1 month ago

Exactly

Luca
1 month ago

You are right. Blame Trump is the only excuse of inefficient Census Bureau which penalizes red states in favour of blue states. California and New York were overcounted

Anonymous
1 month ago

T—p our greatest leader ever; He knows everything; He can even walk on water!

Paul
1 month ago

Sure, many of the undercounted states are Republican at the general level. But what many of you seem to not understand is that the districts where the undercounted house seats would go to are primarily supported by people who vote for democrats because they happen to be in large cities with great immigrant populations. Republicans in the Trump administration didn’t want to mess up the balance they’ve been holding in favor of more republican districts, thus the immigrant question on the census was strategically placed. This is all stuff you can learn in a 7th grade U.S. civics class, but sure, ignore basic knowledge about government and politics.

Anonymous
1 month ago

In seventh grade U.S. civics class, I also learned there are laws against illegal immigration, and states cannot change election laws without legislative consent.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You sure you learned that last bit in seventh grade? Seems more likely it was fed to you via some NewsMax propaganda segment.

Luca
1 month ago

So you mean that 1 million Nazi illegal immigrants could turn Massachusetts in a right wing state? Let me organize an air bridge between Kiev and Boston and wait next elections, of course you will support Ukrainian illegal refugees voting for Trump, don’t you?
Illegal immigrants must not be counted and are not counted in any democracy as citizens, they are temporary guests.

anon
1 month ago

you don’t understand how redistricting works

Demarcus
1 month ago

Something needs to be done about this! The Census Bureau cannot just accept this and let Florida’s federal funding to be undervalued for an entire decade! This is wrong!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Now you know how the minorities feel.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami Herald editorial board member blaming a Republican, go figure who saw that coming?

Oh wait, I forgot, nobody reads the Miami Herald anymore.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I bet you just cry Crocodile tears every time some rightwing media blames Obama for something and he’s been long gone awhile now.

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nobody is blaming Obama. If he ran the car into a crash barrier that Trump had to take to the body shop, Brandon removed the crash barrier and drove it off a cliff.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why blame Obama when the vegetable who has been in office for the past year and a half literally destroys everything him and his flunky cabinet touches?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Oh!.. dang, that’s why the Donald tried prove over sixty times in court that he was robbed in the last presidential election, he was trying to save this country from being destroyed by the vegetable that’s now in office… got it!

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

^^A lot of truth in that attempt at sarcasm.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah, there is some truth in it for people who’re prone to eat shit and drink p i s s.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If this isn’t corruption, then I don’t know what is.

reality check
1 month ago

Point fingers where they belong: The GOP under Trump was in charge of the 2020 Census.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nah.. blame the corrupt ANTIFA crowd who’s also responsible for storming the Capitol Building in DC on Jan 6, 2021.

lol…

Juggernaut
1 month ago

So…by inference you’re admitting association with the Capitol insurrection; and okay with it? Both sides do it…

Lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

Here we go with a Con looking for mercy when righties are caught with their pants down again saying “Both sides do it… ”

lol…

Xdoj
1 month ago

Seems everyone but you knows the Dems we’re in charge when the census results were finally released. Falsifying federal reports is a crime.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Census preparation every decade takes place well before four years. Trump wanted to overhaul it. Let me guess, if it was under the DNC, they would be blaming COVID.

Anonymous
1 month ago

T–P!

Lenny
1 month ago

More likely, it is just Federal Government incompetence.
They were only off by 3.8%
That isn’t bad for Government work.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Y’all think 3.8% is small, but when your population is in the millions, that’s huge. These numbers are used for more than just congressional representation and funding. These numbers are also used for planning infrastructure capacity. Just recently there was a story in the Miami Herald about the county running out of space for solid waste. When you have an undercounted population, you underestimate how much space you need for trash, and that’s only one very real example.

Connor
1 month ago

Nice way of saying Democrats didn’t want Florida to gain 2 extra house seats because they know the way Florida is trending and wanted to make Florida look bad. I remember when reapportionment happened liberals were making fun of Florida for only gaining one seat as opposed to the consensus of +2 seats. Turns out we were just cheated, imagine my shock!!

David
1 month ago

Of course Trump was president during the 2020 census count (and yes probably worked to lower the count of residents in large cities) but never let the truth get in the way of a good conspiracy theory right?

Connor
1 month ago

What you just replied is literally a conspiracy theory, but since it’s pushed by the “independent” Miami Herald you probably don’t realize it

Connor
1 month ago

I do have some questions about your conspiracy theory though,

1- If large cities were undercounted, how come mostly red states, some without any considerably big cities (AR and MS), were undercounted?

2- Again if large cities were purposely undercounted to benefit republicans, why were some of the most densely packed states over-counted such as NY (home to New York City, the largest city in the country), MA, DE, and RI?

3- If Trump messed with the census on purpose, why are 5 of the 6 undercounted states red state and 6 of the 8 overcounted states blue states?

4- Yes Trump was President when the census was conducted, but if you remember, the census data was delayed and not delivered to the President until April 30th, 2021, when the usually date was December 31st, 2020. What changed between December 2020 and April 2021, I cant seem to remember?? Maybe you can remind me?

5- So if the data was purposely manipulated by Trump and the GOP, why wouldn’t Biden, who was president when data was delivered to the president and made public to the American population, fix the data to represent the true counts? Would be easy considering the Democrats control the entire Executive and Legislative branches of government in April 2021.

So you see David, things just don’t add up with your conspiracy theory. Im sure you all will down vote this like i’m a crazy lunatic but you cant argue with facts forever. I’ll wait for any response you can give!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Easy there. You expect TDS libtards to have the reading comprehension skill to read seven paragraphs? There’s a reason liberal newspapers are written at a second-grade level.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^
Awwww… are you still mad because these “libtards” as you call them didn’t believe an ex-president that he was robbed in the last election like those idjits in Arizona did?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lmfao if liberal papers write at a second-grade level, what level does trümp speak at? I know his worshipers are mostly brain dead, but this is a serious question.

Luca
1 month ago

I do agree with you in any single pount

Anonymous
1 month ago

Any proof he worked to lower the count, other than rightfully not wanting illegals, who shouldn’t be here in the first place, not counted. Did CNN tell you about a “reliable” anonymous source?

Anonymous
1 month ago

The census is intended to count residents for the purpose of apportioning funds. It has never been intended to count citizens. Stop believing everything your master tells you to.

Connor isn't very smart
1 month ago

Damn ya’ll are dumb

Evan
1 month ago

Except we weren’t cheated. The trump administration stupidly put in the citizenship question and all the experts said this would lead to an undercount in latinos and sure enough Florida, Texas, and Arizona all had an undercount shooting republicans in the foot.

Market Urbanist
1 month ago

But not California, Nevada, Colorado, or New Mexico? Give me a break.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Never mind the fact New York, New Jersey, California, etc. lost seats from red states.

Connor
1 month ago

Arizona didn’t have an undercount, NY however did have an overcount along with 5 other democratic states compared to 2 republican states? How do you explain that? NY, FL, TX and CA are the 4 largest states by Hispanic population and by regular population, 2 which vote democrat and 2 which vote republican. But somehow only the 2 republican states were undercounted and NY was overcounted, mighty big coincidence if you ask me.

Also if the citizenship question was such a big deal, nearly every state would be undercounted and how would they suddenly have the correct count 2 years later, did the illegals in those states decide to speak up and say they weren’t counted? You make no sense.

Lenny
1 month ago

The question was never added to the Census.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The mass migration from the northeast and California reversed your blue fantasies, further amplified when the Census was being conducted. For the first time since Reconstruction, Florida has more Republicans then Democrats. What are you talking about?

Fern
1 month ago

New York lost a seat by EIGHTY-NINE (89) people!!! If you believe the Census was fudged to favor the Democrats than how come they couldn’t fudge it by just eighty-nine more people?

Connor
1 month ago

They were projected to lose 2 seats, instead they barely lost 1. You just answered your own question Fern

Fern
1 month ago

If I’m stealing a cake from the bakery I don’t leave the cherry on top behind

Hmmm
1 month ago

Willing to bet Trump is the scapegoat reason for the severe undercount. And is the census bureau just going to accept the undercount and leave as is? Why not fix it so the 3rd most populous state doesn’t miss out on the rewards they deserve such as federal funding and a congressional seat… something’s fishy here

Truth Matters
1 month ago

Because it doesn’t help their agenda. Have you seen this admin do anything to help the country or its citizens?

Lenny
1 month ago

Well….the $101 it took to fill my gas tank is making me want vote Republican.

Anonymous
1 month ago

But, don’t the Republicans believe in small government, no taxes, and people should be able to make all the money they can make?

Connor
1 month ago

Also an interesting note is that 5 of the 6 states that were undercounted are Republican states (including the 2 most populous GOP states, FL and TX). Similarly, 6 of the 8 overcounted states were democratic states (including NY). Weird how that happens, what a coincidence?

reality check
1 month ago

The census happened under Trump! Not Biden. So you want him to fix those problems now, too? Funny memory the GOP has of the year 2020. They forget who was in charge during Jan 6th too.

Connor
1 month ago

The census data, which is delivered to the president on December 31st of the census year, was delayed and not sent to the President until April 30th, 2021. Can you tell me what changed between December 2020 and April 2021? Read up on facts before you just scream “TRUMP WAS PRESIDENT”. Talk about a reality check

Jan 6th was an inside job
1 month ago

What else happened between December 2020 and April 30th 2021? Does the date January 6th mean anything? Or lest we forget.

Connor
1 month ago

Staying on topic I see lol, this is the default reply when liberals are presented with facts that conflict with their agenda. Anyways, No one here condones what happened on 1/6 honey

Anonymous
1 month ago

^
Connor, if Trump was the president during the 2020 census, then what do you expect the Democrats to do after the government spent all that money in 2020 for said census and reporting the outcome of it was delayed until April 30 2021?.. scrap it and do another census count?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lol we gonna ignore the fact that the population is counted as of April 1 of census year? So if you were alive and where you were living as of April 1, 2020. Trump was president. COVID sent the nation home just a week or two before that. This was the FIRST time the Census was done online. Low income neighborhoods don’t have the same access to internet as affluent neighborhoods. Due to COVID, in-person Census-takers and federal, state, and local efforts to set up tents in low income neighborhoods to assist households without computers or internet were suddenly thrown out (social distancing prohibited it). Add to that, that 45 continuously decreased Commerce’s annual budget in the crucial years leading up to 2020, and it’s a recipe for the most error-ridden decennial census in probably a century.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You mean the Mayor of D.C. and Speaker of the House, the latter who has authority over the Capitol Police, and denied Trump’s requests for extra security?

Anonymous
1 month ago

^
And why did they need extra security at the Capitol building leading up to Jan 6, 2021?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Muriel Bowser and Nancy Pelosi are in charged of D.C. and Capitol law enforcement.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^
Haha.. look, a member of the “Law and Order” party blaming Pelosi for how their Storm Troopers acted at the Capitol Building on Jan 6, 2021.

Fern
1 month ago

That theory doesn’t hold much water. If New York had 89 (literally 89) more people it wouldn’t have lost the seat it did lose and that seat would likely have been a democratic seat.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, Trump is our only and great leader; He can’t do any wrong! LOL Why don’t you go and get your knee pads.

Urbanist
1 month ago

Census is only done once every decade, as prescribed in the constitution. The count was completed and there’s no much to be done now.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Willing to bet Trump is the scapegoat”

They’re making Trump the “scapegoat?” He’s doing a pretty good job of that himself. Didn’t he lay blame on Mexicans when he said they were bringing drugs and diseases into this country?

Every Modern Republican
1 month ago

Anything the mainstream media says is false and anything Trump says is true. It’s that simple.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^
Lol, yeah. Remember, the media outlets report “fake news,” that is, unless they’re “Fox News,” and that depends on if they piss Trump off, then they report fake news also.

Anonymous
1 month ago

He blamed Mexicans for enforcing their laws while allowing people to cross the border. When he reached an agreement with the Mexican government to keep them their while processed for asylum, even residents in Tijuana realized Trump was right.

Anonymous
1 month ago

What scapegoat? Ninety percent of the drugs come through the southern border and migrants are required to be vaccinated.

Anonymous
1 month ago

NOT required* but heaven forbid truckers working in an isolated environment protest a mandate.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Remember when bed bugs were virtually eradicated before the gift of “diversity?”

Anonymous
1 month ago

No, our great leader (Trump) can’t do any wrong. He is the greatest leader ever to walk the face of Earth. As s matter of fact, he can walk over water.

Anonymous
1 month ago

… and make the blind see!

Evan
1 month ago

You don’t simply fix the data like a leaky facet or something. You would have to re do the entire count.

reality check
1 month ago

Remember when the GOP was ginning up fears about the Census back in 2020? “The Government is coming door to door! They’ll know your address! They’re coming for your guns next!” Gee, why wouldn’t people respond to the Census then?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Grump read during an NRA convention, the names of the people who were mass m u r d e r e d the other day at that school in Texas.

See.. the NRA is your friend!

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

Knew they were off, between the mobile usage reports and the census numbers the census failed on purpose to count properly.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah.. and that sore loser named Scaramucci orchestrated all of it!!!

lol…

Jeff Stryker
1 month ago

Blame Trump. What a surprise!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I bet Trump’s niece does also.

30kmillionMIA
1 month ago

imagine the entire state of Alaska or Wyoming not being counted in a census 😴

Lenny
1 month ago

Imagine 700,000 not counted because (the Herald surmises) that there are 700,000 illegal immigrants afraid to fill out the Census form.

That is like 2 Fort Lauderdale’s worth of illegal immigrants not filling out forms….probably not paying taxes, and probably not saving 15% on the car insurance by switching to GEICO.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Do an independent investigation of the census bureau. The “Trump was President!” explanation doesnt ring particularly true because the results were delayed and delivered under Biden.

The miscounts are almost entirely in one direction politically and were in clear conflict with yearly ACS studies weve had for the last decade.

We also need to know where the “missing population” was located too and see if maybe there is a common thread across these states. I dont know what it would be but I know South Florida has been undercounted in previous census reports. Because if there isnt any logical correlation among the states it seems to point towards a deliberate pattern to undercount red states. Unfortunately the Census Bureau has been politicized over the last decade or so, so I wouldnt be entirely surprised to find that it was deliberate.

Either way this should all be handled with an independent investigation.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Is it a coincidence that most of the over counted states are ran by dems, and most of the undercounted states are repub*ican ran? I think not.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Its also not a coincidence that most of you rightwing zombies follows a narcissistic idjit.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How’s the literal zombie in the White House?

Anonymous
1 month ago

You mean, the zombie in the White House that gave you a stimulus check?

Melo is sigma and chad
1 month ago

Utter corruption

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah!.. and that corrupt Jeff Sessions did it…

lol…

Take What's Ours
1 month ago

Regardless or Trump or Biden administration, something must be done to adjust the severe undercount. Drop your party pride and let’s all come together and demand the federal funding and extra congressional seat that the State of Florida deserves to have.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Is there a procedure for this? From my understanding, the law sees it as you snooze you lose. In other words, the time to determine a state’s population was DURING the census, not afterward. An aggrieved state must wait until the next census to report its accurate population.

Evan
1 month ago

No, the law is the law. The census is over. 10 years and we get a do over lol and hopefully this time we get our moneys worth.

tampa tony
1 month ago

We were also in the beginning of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. People had other shit to worry about.

Fern
1 month ago

The obvious solution, in my opinion, is to stop limiting congress to 453 representatives and just assigning a representative for every quarter-million people.

Lenny
1 month ago

So, if the Herald opinion piece is correct (it probably isn’t), they GUESS that the Census is undercounted by 700,000 and illegal immigrants were afraid to be counted in the Census?

Quote from the Herald:
“But then Trump issued a memo in July 2020 directing the commerce secretary to exclude people who are in the United States illegally from being counted. He wanted a citizenship question on the form…”

For those people who were paying attention, we all know that the question was never on the Census form. The group-think posse at the Herald are clutching their pearls over nothing.

So…..what makes them think that the frightened people in the underserved communities just materialized?

Naturally….Orange Man Bad.
Now, the 700,000 “underserved” that were too lazy, to scared, or too not willing to do the paperwork to get their citizenship the way most others do, just show up to be counted?

The Federal Gov’t totally screwed it up before…but somehow….they got it right this time.

How stupid does that Herald think we are??

Anonymous
1 month ago

And imagine all the B;U;M;S and H;O;M;E;L;E;S;S they didn’t count too

Anonymous
1 month ago

We’ll I counted at least 6 of those walking down Brickell Ave in my lunch break today

Anonymous
1 month ago

Only 6? Lol and you should see how much worse it is in downtown

Anonymous
1 month ago

Oh sure, Republicans shot themselves in the foot because big bad Orange Man wanted an accurate count of American citizens, just like apparently they would have if the courts struck down unsolicited mail-in ballots, or if he endorsed spineless RINOs rather than patriots for the coming red tsunami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Dang those spineless RINOs like vice prez pence who got with the Dems and created this miss-count for the 2020 census of American citizens and blame Chump for it. All because they couldn’t stand to see those “patriots for the coming red tsunami.”

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Trump KLOWNN JOKKERS…🤣🤣🤣

non
26 days ago

some people refused to fill out census in FL in order for count to be low – so it would affect the congressional seats.. I guess every vote/undervote counts

Poor republicans
1 month ago

Of course the republicans don’t want the state to turn blue. There’s ongoing investigations regarding voter fraud in elderly Latino communities in Miami. Poor republicans are holding on to dear life and will do whatever it takes.

Lenny
1 month ago

You haven’t been following the trends.
DeSantis barely beat the Boy Scout of the Year Gullium.

Since then, GOP new voter registration has outpaced Dem voter registration by about 450,000+

Anonymous
1 month ago

Oddly all but one state is not a ‘blue’ state. The others very red. And of course deflecting the blame to Trump is cringe inducing. Everybody sees now.

reality check
1 month ago

Blame him because he was in charge at the time!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Okay, so with that logic, everything happening now is Brandon’s fault, regardless of whether he, the idio+ VP, or their press secretary claim they inherited the “mess” of approved vaccines, energy independence, secure borders, and more peaceful world.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If I were still the president, non of what you see now would be happening…

– D Chump