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International Journal of Population Research
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 671715, 13 pages
Research Article

Assessing Net Coverage for Young Children in the 2010 U.S. Decennial Census

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, 4228 Red Bandana Way, Ellicott City, MD 21042, USA

Received 8 July 2014; Accepted 21 October 2014; Published 18 November 2014

Academic Editor: Kathryn Kost

Copyright © 2014 William P. O’Hare. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The U.S. Census Bureau’s Demographic Analysis shows that the population aged 0 to 4 experienced a net undercount rate of 4.6 percent in the 2010 Decennial Census. This is more than twice as high as any other age group. Despite the fact that the relatively high net undercount of young children was uncovered more than fifty years ago, this problem has received little systematic attention from demographers. To help fill that gap in the literature, this study examines the accuracy of the count of children in the 2010 Decennial Census. The initial focus on all children shifts to a focus on young children (aged 0 to 4) where the net undercount rate is the highest. Discussion highlights some of the potential explanations for the findings.