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Utah’s changing demographics and the 2020 census

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The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air Date: July 7, 2019) — This week on the program, a forum on Utah’s changing demographics and the 2020 census with Mallory Bateman, State Data Center Coordinator at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

The 2020 census began on April 1st, Census Day. Fill-in census forms have been sent out as the nation begins the enumeration process for the entire population of the United States. It is important to complete the census by mail or online at my2020census.gov, as soon as possible. The data from the census informs state and local funding, national representation and the redrawing of political maps for the next decade. 

Last year the rollout of the census was complicated by the potential inclusion of a citizenship question at the request of the Trump administration. After the Supreme Court rejected the change, the question was dropped and was not included in the 2020 census form. Now the census faces another hurdle with the executive branch demanding the census count be finished by Sept. 30, a month earlier than the Census Bureau had expected to finish their work.

Mallory Bateman explains the issues surrounding the citizenship question as well as what the census means for Utah after experiencing unprecedented population growth and demographic shifts in the last decade. She also discusses why these changes make the 2020 census a critical piece of data for the state as it looks to address questions of city planning, federal funding, representation, and policies to address specific demographics.

This talk was recorded on April 22th, 2019.

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour
The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour is a weekly program featuring forums on local, national, and international issues important to people living in Utah. The program airs every Wednesday at 10 AM and Saturday at 9 AM. Hosted by Anthony Scoma, the program highlights and contextualizes the forums presented by the Hinckley Institute of Politics every fall and spring semester at the University of Utah. Produced by KCPW Studios
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