Dear Black South Carolinians: Stand Up and Be Counted . . . on the 2020 Census

by Dr. Algernon Austin, Senior Researcher, Thurgood Marshall Institute

Black South Carolinians could lose out on their fair share of federal funding and political representation if there continues to be a 2020 Census undercount of their communities. As of mid-August, South Carolina is ranked 44th among the states in terms of the share of its population that has completed the 2020 Census. Only 57.9 percent of South Carolinians have completed the Census.

Spend a few minutes and complete the Census right now at my2020census.gov or 844–330–2020.

As the table illustrates, some South Carolina counties where African Americans comprise a larger share of the population than their state-wide percentage also have low 2020 Census completion rates. For example, less than half of the households in Clarendon, Georgetown, and Williamsburg Counties have completed the Census, and only half in Orangeburg County. Richland County has not yet passed 60 percent.

September 30 is the deadline for completing the Census. It is still possible for South Carolinians to spend a few minutes and complete the Census right now at my2020census.gov or 844–330–2020. The more South Carolinians fill out the Census, the more resources there will be for South Carolina communities.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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