Historical Examination of Net Coverage for Children in the U.S. Decennial Census: 1950 to 2010

  • William P. O’HareEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Population Studies book series (BRIEFSPOPULAT)


U.S. Decennial Censuses from 1950 to 2010 are examined to distill patterns in net undercount rates by age. The coverage rates of children are compared to those of adults then patterns for young children are compared to older children. From 1950 to 1980, the net undercount rates of all age groups fell and the differences among the undercount rates for different age groups were not large. The net undercount rate of young children went from 1.4 % in 1980 to 4.6 % in the 2010 Census. Over the same time period, the net undercount rate of adults continued the decline witnessed between 1950 and 1980. The net undercount rates for Blacks are higher than those of Non-Blacks in every census from 1950 to 2010.


Net coverage Undercount Children 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.O’Hare Data and Demographic Services LLCEllicott CityUSA

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