Census takers worry that apartment renters were undercounted

Census taker Linda Rothfield looks up at an apartment building she was unable to access in San Francisco, on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Some census takers worry that renters in apartment buildings were not tallied fully during the nation’s head count last year. Census takers say they had difficulty entering apartment buildings due to COVID restrictions, and they weren’t able to get in touch with landlords for help. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Census taker Linda Rothfield’s government-issued iPhone kept directing her back to apartments in San Francisco that she already knew were vacant. When she did find apartments that were occupied, she was sometimes turned away because of the pandemic.