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Census problems could cause undercount in Kalamazoo County

Census workers in Kalamazoo are skeptical about getting accurate numbers by the end of the count.

Census workers in Kalamazoo County aren’t certain they can get an accurate count of every person living in the county in time for the end of the census in October.

Workers interviewed by WMUK identified a range of problems interferring with their work – from dogs and guns to technological errors.

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Then there’s the pandemic.

The census is supposed to tally every person who was living in the county as of April 1 of this year. However, the stay-at-home orders issued in March sent many people scattering to other locations – especially students from Western Michigan University.

An undercount could result in a loss of federal funding for the area as well as a change in representation.

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