Breaking down the economic impact of the 2020 Census : The Indicator from Planet Money The coronavirus pandemic, distrust of the government, and a surprising political battle have the 2020 Census count.
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Economic Consequences Of The Census

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Economic Consequences Of The Census

Economic Consequences Of The Census

Economic Consequences Of The Census

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A pamphlet with 2020 census information is included in a box of food on in August, 2020 in Paramount, California.
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Conducted once every ten years, the United States Census tries to get a count of everybody living in the country. Among other things, this information is used to identify demographic trends, divide up political representation, and determine how resources are allocated throughout the country.

But this year's Census count has faced a unique set of challenges. The coronavirus pandemic, distrust of the government, and heated political battles have made this year's Census an especially difficult process.

NPR national correspondent Hansi Lo Wang joins the show to explain the potential economic effects of this year's Census.

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