Counting SRO Residents in SF Chinatown Tests Census

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Historically, San Francisco’s Chinatown has been one of the most undercounted areas in the city because of its high density of single-room-occupancy hotels (SROs). But this year, with outreach efforts by the city, community organizations, ethnic media and schools, Chinatown has a relatively high census participation rate, at 75 percent, while the city’s average participation rate is 69 percent.

NAM staff reporter/videographer Vivian Po interviews seniors and new immigrants living in the SROs to explore the problems in delivering Census forms by mail to hotel residents and how new immigrant families learn about the Census through their children.