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Reflections on the 2020 Census: Accuracy, Fairness, and Implications for the Decade Ahead

The 2020 Census was conducted amidst historic challenges, which stoked fears about the quality of the count. The US Census Bureau has started releasing 2020 Census data, and much of the focus has been on its accuracy. But fairness matters, too, and who is absent from the count has important implications. Political representation and the distribution of billions of dollars over the next decade depend on an accurate and fair count.

Please join the Urban Institute for a presentation of just-released findings that explore the accuracy and fairness of the 2020 Census. After, we’ll have a panel discussion reflecting on the 2020 Census count, the challenges encountered and ways they were addressed, and what we know about the count’s accuracy and fairness for the decade ahead.



  • Cara Brumfield, Senior Policy Analyst, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality
  • Diana Elliott, Principal Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Ditas Katague, Director, California Complete Count
  • Joseph Salvo, Institute Fellow, University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative; former Chief Demographer, New York City
  • John H. Thompson, former Director, US Census Bureau


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event. 

Photo credit: Ron Adar/Shutterstock


Date & Time Tuesday, November 2, 2021

  • Senior Fellow, Research