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Exploring the Digital Divide in Ohio

Ohioans are becoming more connected than ever before. According to the newly released American Community Survey 2020 5-year estimates, 84.9% of Ohio households (4,003,564 households) are connected to the internet. The majority (84.5%; 3,988,413 households) of these connections are high speed broadband connections, such as cable, fiber optic, cellular data, or satellite services, however, a...


Poverty data for 2016-2020 shows mixed results for Cleveland and Cuyahoga County

The number and percent of people living in poverty in Cleveland appears to have dropped in 2020, according to the American Community Survey 5-year estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Although the change is not statistically significant, improvements in the economic circumstances for children continued a recent trend, and estimates of child poverty in...


When Will We Get Good Data on 2020?

The Center for Community Solutions uses data from the American Community Survey (ACS) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in nearly every research project we conduct. As we’ve written in the past, we consider ACS to be the gold standard for reliable, relevant data on a host of community conditions. Since 2005, we’ve been spoiled...


Decline in Supplemental Poverty Measure Shows Positive Effect of Pandemic Economic Stimulus

On September 14, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual reports on income, poverty and health insurance coverage for 2020. Following are some highlights of these reports, which were compiled from the Census’s Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS-ASEC) conducted in March, 2021. 37.2 million Americans were poor in 2020. Of particular...


Ohio should plan to delay redistricting process to ensure the best result: fair districts based on accurate data

It was recently announced that Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is suing the U.S. Census Bureau over the delay in delivering 2020 Census data, which will be used in the state’s redistricting process. While frustration over the delays is understandable, the state should consider pursing other avenues to ensure the data used in redistricting is...


Cleveland is now the poorest big city in the country

Cleveland had the highest poverty rate among large U.S. cities in 2019, overtaking Detroit, according to data released by the U.S. Census bureau last week. Although Cleveland’s overall poverty rate fell from 33.1 percent to 30.8 percent, Detroit’s rate fell faster and is now just barely below Cleveland’s at 30.6 percent. These estimates are close...


If we aren’t all counted, Ohio will have its smallest Congressional delegation in 200 years

The U.S. Constitution requires that the decennial census be used to allocate the number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives each state receives. For the past 50 years, the decennial census and reapportionment has meant a loss of congressional seats for Ohio. For the past 50 years, the decennial census and reapportionment has...


A (short) history of the race question on the decennial census

One of the most widely discussed topics on the decennial census are the questions on race, Hispanic origin and ancestry. This conversation is not new for 2020. In fact, the way that we classify people by race and ethnicity has changed frequently since the first census in 1790. The 2020 census questionnaire asks people to...

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