Boston’s Challenge Says Census Missed Students, Inmates

On Tuesday, Boston joined a number of other significant cities in contesting the results of the 2020 census, which is conducted once every ten years.

Students at universities, people who were born abroad, and convicts at prisons were not included in the head census that determines political power and government money.

Boston's mayor, Michelle Wu, stated that the city was contesting the census findings using a unique method created by the United States.

Census Bureau to resolve disagreements on the number of residents in dormitories, jails, nursing homes, and other groups housing unrelated individuals.

During the census of American citizens, which decides how many congressional seats each state receives as well as how $1.5 billion in federal funds is distributed annually, those living in group quarters were among the demographics that were the most difficult to measure.

Since students on campus were ordered home when the pandemic started in the U.S. in March 2020 and jails and nursing homes went into lockdowns to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the pandemic made it difficult for the Census Bureau to collect data about these individuals.

Northeastern University, Boston University, Emerson College, and Suffolk University are all located in Boston. Off-campus students from other universities in the metro region, including Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, and Boston College, also call it home.

500 prisoners at two prisons and 6,000 students, according to Boston officials, were left out of the census.