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Census will track housing too

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Census Bureau will be tracking housing in the 2020 Census, not just population.

The Census Bureau will note how much housing exists in each state, and in Oregon and Washington, that could be a much larger number in 2020. Marilyn Sanders, with the Census Bureau, said they will beef up the address database to include new housing units.

“So (Census workers) are basically going to identify even those units that may be newly constructed,” Sanders said, “in terms of providing us address information on those units as well.”

The Census data can be used to redraw political districts that determine how many congressional members each state will have.

Oregon is investing $400 million to help develop housing this year and Washington is allowing cities to withhold more sales tax revenue for the purpose of helping develop affordable housing. Both moves could be factors in inflating the numbers during the 2020 Census.

This year, you will be able to take part in the Census online, by phone, or by mail.


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