2020 census data shows demographic changes in IV
Over the past 10 years, Isla Vista’s share of the Asian population has increased by 12%, while the share of the white population has declined by 17%, according to new data released by the United States Census Bureau on demographic trends between 2010 and 2020.
The United States takes a census every 10 years to provide an updated count of the American population. The data then dictates the number of seats per state in the House of Representatives. The census also informs the distribution of funds, aid to states and localities, redistribution and redistribution of seats in Congress.
The nation’s 24th Census asked residents of the United States how many people lived in their household, as well as their gender, age, date of birth and race.
According to the 2020 census, between 2010 and 2020, the population of IV and the number of people living in housing affiliated with UC Santa Barbara increased by 678 and 1,436, respectively.
Data collected from the 2020 census shows that whites make up 47% of the IV population. Whites are over-represented on Del Playa Drive, making up 60-83% of the population in various parts of the street. Additionally, whites make up the demographic majority at West Campus Faculty Housing – a set of condos provided to UCSB faculty members – at 74%. However, whites are under-represented in dormitories at UCSB’s main campus – with the exception of Santa Catalina – making up only 30% of the people who live there.
In contrast, Asians make up the majority of the population living in UCSB campus dormitories and make up the largest population in San Clemente villages – a collection of apartments on campus.
Compared to 2010, the black population living at UCSB and IV fell from 2.6% to 1.8% in 2020. This decrease is also in line with trends in the county, where the black population has fallen from 2% in 2010 to 1.6%. in 2020.
The 2020 census was conducted amid a myriad of obstacles, including the COVID-19 pandemic and former President Donald Trump’s decision to end the census about two weeks earlier. Many journalists and experts have said that the consequences of ending the tally early would be that “people of color, immigrants, tenants, [and] other historically underrated groups may be missed or inaccurately counted, ”according to NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang.
Despite these various obstacles, the Census Bureau expressed confidence in the quality of its data.
“We have produced reliable and usable statistics that we and the public have come to expect. While no census is perfect, we are confident that today’s slicing results meet our high standards for data quality, ”Ron Jarmin, Acting Director of the US Census Bureau, told the conference August 12 press release.
“It is too early to speculate on undercoverages or overcoverages for a specific demographic group and we look forward to the release of the post-enumeration survey results in 2022, which will provide information on the coverage of demographic groups in the 2020 census. “
However, because many students were living in their respective family households instead of their IV residences when the census collected data, “hundreds of thousands of American students who normally live off campus in non-university accommodation” were counted in d ‘other locations, The Associated Press reported.
A possible consequence of undercoverage is insufficient federal and state funds, which could impact the quality of local infrastructure, public education, and the national school meals program.
Whether an undercoverage has occurred in IV remains uncertain. The Nexus will continue to investigate the difference between the number of people reported in the census in 2020, compared to the number of people who returned to the city for the next school year in person, in addition to the non-student population of IV and will publish this data in a later article.
A version of this article appeared on p. 9 of the August 26, 2021 print edition of The Daily Nexus.