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The decadal counting of every person living in the United States is set to take place in April. There are significant financial consequences to undercounting.  

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Although printing of the 2020 census questionnaire has begun without a controversial citizenship question, President Trump has renewed his commitment to include it in the once per decade survey. Either way, the data stands to have a major impact on public policy in Hawaii.

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Friday it will continue to look for legal grounds to force the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, hours after President Donald Trump said he is "very seriously" considering an executive order to get the question on the form.

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The Trump administration has decided to print the 2020 census forms without a citizenship question and the printer has been told to start the printing process, Justice Department spokesperson Kelly Laco confirms to NPR.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court enters its final week of decisions with two politically charged issues unresolved, whether to rein in political line-drawing for partisan gain and allow a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

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U.S. Census Bureau estimates show urban Honolulu's population declined for the fourth straight year last year.

Hawaii News Now reports newly released census estimates put the district's population at more than 347,000 people in 2018. That's down about 1.2% from more than 351,000 in 2015.

The agency defines Urban Honolulu as extending from Aliamanu to Kahala on Oahu.

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New census figures indicate the population on Oʻahu fell by tens of thousands over the previous eight years.

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One in six Hawai‘i residents lives in poverty.  That’s according to new figures from the US Census Bureau….which includes the cost of living as part of the calculation.  The traditional measure of poverty is based only on income.

When you figure in the cost of living, Hawai‘i’s poverty rate skyrockets from 11% of the population to nearly 17%.  Nicole Woo is the senior policy analyst with the Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.  She says the latest figure is a reminder that Hawai‘i’s relatively low unemployment rate only tells part of the state’s true economic story.

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Census figures out last week show that Hawai‘i’s kupuna population continues to grow. In fact, the number of people aged 65 and above is growing about 4 times faster than the state’s overall population. The aging of society is a policy concern for Asian leaders from Japan to South Korea. And the topic is now finding its way into government speeches in Singapore. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Singapore’s Prime Minister told a university audience this week that his country’s population is aging faster than nearly any other country in the world.

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All this week, we’ve been taking a closer look at the people who live here in Hawaii…as part of a series we call “Neighbors, An Island Story.” Today, some census figures on population density—and who’s coming and who’s leaving. HPR’s Bill Dorman has the numbers.

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All week, HPR News is taking a closer look at who lives here in Hawaii. It’s part of a series we’re calling “Neighbors, An Island Story.” Part of that story can be found in various census numbers that we’ll be sharing during the week. Today, HPR’s Bill Dorman has some figures about Hawaii’s population compared with national averages.