Keene could face consequence if college isn’t counted in census
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The last time the U.S. census was taken, in 2010, undergraduate students attending Keene State College accounted for about 21 percent of the city’s population.
While more recent enrollment figures and population estimates have that percentage hovering around 15, it’s still a sizable portion. And with the COVID-19 pandemic mostly clearing campus in March and causing many to head home, some local officials are concerned students won’t be counted as Keene residents in the 2020 census. That, those officials fear, could have a host of negative consequences for the city.