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Swanson Opines on Striking Commonalities in Census and Broadband Coverage Across Hopi and Lummi Reservations

Posted: 10/15/2021 (CSDE in the News)

CSDE Affiliate David Swanson offered an opinion in Northwest Citizen that observes a populations undercount on a population undercount on the Lummi and Hopi reservations and how the geographic isolation and lack of broadband might have exacerbated this result. In his presentation, Swanson investigates whether differences in access to broadband across the Hopi and Lummi Reservations might explain differences in population count relative to the 2015-19 ACS population estimates. The Census relied extensively on the web-based platforms for gathering census data and the COVID-19 pandemic limited census takers in-person accessibility. Census response rates were notably higher in the Lummi Reservation relative to the more-isolated Hopi Reservation. Read the full piece HERE.

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