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NEWS BRIEFS : Cities Win Change in Census Methodology

August 31, 1989

Los Angeles and several other large metropolitan areas won an important legal victory to compel the U.S. Census Bureau to change the way it tallies minority groups, homeless people, immigrants, illegal aliens and other mainly poor people who are often missed by census takers.

Under terms of the settlement, the 1990 Census will proceed along two tracks. The traditional head count will be made and a "post-enumeration survey"--the new method--will also be done.

If discrepancies between the two approaches develop, as expected, the secretary of Commerce will decide to what extent, if any, the initial head count will be adjusted to reflect results of the survey.

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