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Whole community missed by the 2010 Census

Here’s a story from the Press of Atlantic City that explains how Little Egg Harbor Township wasn’t counted in the 2010 Census:

LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — When Township Committeeman Eugene Kobryn did not receive a census form in the mail, just as many of the other residents in the township’s Cross Creek community, he figured he would eventually get a knock on the door.

“Nobody ever came,” said Kobryn, 72. “They missed the entire section we live in.”

A data collection glitch has caused millions of U.S. homes to go uncounted in the recent census form, including hundreds in Little Egg Harbor Township alone, census and township officials say.

Census takers missed more than 200 homes in the Cross Creek community, a housing subdivision off Center Street, a major roadway, a regional census official said.

The U.S. Census Bureau has acknowledged the errors and said it is working to correct the problem.

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But township officials fear their municipality will be shortchanged as a result — losing government aid and possibly lessening the state’s influence in Washington.  Census data collected during the 2006-08 American Community Survey show 20,527 people living in the township, a nearly 29 percent increase over the 15,945 counted in 1990.

Township officials want to make sure the full growth is measured.

“Accuracy is paramount to the census program. … The government strictly distributes funding based on population, and the representation in Congress is based on population. It’s all tied together,” Kobryn  said. “What if you went to the bank and they told you an error caused a shortfall in your account of 5 (percent), 10 (percent) or 20 percent? Would you be OK with that? But if our count is wrong, it impacts all of the other towns by us.”

Kobryn said he was told that his neighborhood was not on the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent maps.

“We’ve been here for seven years,” he said. “If we weren’t on their maps, who else did they miss?”

Philip Lutz, an assistant regional census manager for the Philadelphia region, which covers Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia and 11 southern counties of New Jersey, said as many as 3 million addresses in the country were not on census maps.

Lutz said the bureau sent workers out in 2009 to make sure the maps it had — which are largely created by gathering information from the postal service, municipalities, county planning offices and the general public — were accurate prior to the surveys going out.

“In this area, that was not done as well as it should’ve been done,” Lutz said.

Lutz  blamed the undercounting in part to the bureau having to hire “temporary people” every decade to perform these jobs. “Sometimes it’s not a perfect process, which is why we built-in other operations to fill in the gaps.”

One of these operations, Lutz said, is the bureau’s New Construction Program that enables municipalities to report any new developments completed between the time the census workers last updated the address lists and April 1, 2010.

Census workers will also remain on the streets for the next few weeks to count and verify addresses, Lutz said.

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12 Responses to “Whole community missed by the 2010 Census”

  1. fastfoodcensus.com Says:

    It’s good to know they’re fixing the mistakes and counting everyone as the constitution demands.

  2. movin'_on Says:

    Yeah, let’s blame the temporary help. No mention of the sorry maps purchased that were YEARS out of date in my neighborhood. Whole streets were missed because they didn’t show up on the maps. Thank goodness for the alert “TEMPORARY PEOPLE” who “found” missing apartment complexes and streets that weren’t on the bargain basement maps…

  3. GS-X Says:

    The maps cost a lot of money. Wasn’t Harris paid a lot of money for their crummy work?

  4. JAG Says:

    Why wouldn’t it be the fault of the temporary workers? They were the only ones out in the field looking for addresses. If streets were missed did they exist prior to the field address verification conducted in 2009?

  5. pranita veeria Says:

    Didn’t Aviles live in Egg Harbor ??? Just asking…….

  6. anonymous Says:

    !!!!!

    I’m working the final leg of the 2010 Census.

  7. NikkiTaMere Says:

    Lutz wasn’t blaming the workers, he was pointing out that BECAUSE the census has to use temporary workers, mistakes like thid r inevitable

  8. Jennifer Says:

    Temporary workers are a double edged sword. Some are great, finding streets, new developments, and absolutely flabbergasting mistakes in the HHC maps. Others managed to forget their classroom instruction and “tight and to the right” thus maybe Little Egg had a worker who turned loose and left thus skipping them. Or maybe the HHC failed to accurately upload the new information.

  9. PM Says:

    Easy fix! They can just go to the airport or some other place where we had BC stands, and fill in the questionnaire in the packet. Oh, don’t have one nearby? That’s OK, they were pulled down right after going up. Then all the packets (D-10+12) were supposed to be sent back… oh, no wait- recycled after that order. These folks might have been on some map. The ones from Geography for tracts, etc., are pretty lame. Some lines just end. So where does the CLD end? Oh, around that intersection… or maybe around the ravine near it… AAA does some nice ones, though. On the HHC, I remember wiping out streets that had almost all the real one’s names, and whole blocks of HUs in between Real St. and Nonexistent Ave. It actually worked pretty well for me, but somehow there was a garbage-in factor to it in the first place. If we had streets that were simply the real one minus the extension (st., ave, etc) I could see- but geo actually put them onto maps. THAT was weird. I’d have hoped to see more work between the communities that this all benefits and us, as in LUCA. We do make it available, and who has the yards down to the inch for their tax rolls but the county assessors? Someone like to tell them it’s ultimately their money if they work with us?

  10. Former AMFO Says:

    I am surprised that the Quality Assurance operation did catch the error or maybe no one actually reads the INFO-COMMS !!

  11. Cox Says:

    I have been trying for months to get a census something in the mail or a census taker. I have yet to file one out. I have called the post office, other officials tried to send emails to the census bureau, it came back.
    All of Middlesboro, KY wasn’t counted either.

  12. Scotty Says:

    They missed me completely what the hell is the goverment asleep, I never had anyone contact me. If you look at records you would see I should have been counted, the records are all bullshit.