How Many People Did Census Counters Miss in Louisiana?
How many people were not counted in Louisiana during the 2020 census? We might not ever know an exact number, but we do know the numbers are down in several parishes. North Louisiana is one of the biggest losers.
Overall, The 2020 U.S. census missed about 1.6 million people during the count, but analysts say this number could have been much bigger.
Experts say when you take into account all the hurdles we have faced from the pandemic and natural disasters, the undercount is smaller than what was expected. The think tank Urban Institutes says there was a 0.5% undercount across the nation. If these numbers hold up, this would be greater than the 0.01% undercount during the 2010 census but about the same as the 2000 census when the undercount was pegged at 0.49%.
We won't know the official undercount numbers until the Census Bureau releases a full report next year.
In Louisiana, the population for 2020 is listed at 4,657,757. That is actually up from 4,533,372 in 2010. We are up by about 100,000 people in the state.
But that is a different story in many parts of north Louisiana.
Caddo Parish has lost 17,000 residents over the past 10 years. We are now at 237,848 down from 254,969 in 2010.
The story is much different in Bossier Parish where the numbers are up by 12,000. The Bossier Parish population is at 128,746 for 2020. It was 116,979 in 2010.
DeSoto Parish has added about 150 residents to 26,812 from 26,656 in 2010.
Webster Parish has lost more than 4,000 residents over the past 10 years dipping to 36,967 in 2020 from 41,207 in 2010.