2020 Census: Closing the Gaps

$900 billion is distributed through federal programs based upon Census data. The Counting for Dollars 2020  Project looks at the connection between the accuracy of the Decennial Census and the geographic distribution of funds. Counting for dollars has issued two reports. The first is an analysis of 55 Census-guided Financial Assistance Programs and projects the per person cost of undercounting. In Minnesota, thats $2,796 per person.  The second report documents the actual dollars gained by some states and lost by other due to undercounting. Due the accuracy of Minnesota's 2010 count, the report makes some pretty favorable projections for Minnesota.

These are dollars that are critical to closing opportunity gaps community-by-community, household-by-household.  From federal programs, to state and local programs, the resources a community gets to meet its most challenging needss -- collectively and individually -- frequenly get allocated based upon census data.

The critial think is to understand that these allocation formulas are only set every ten years.  Each of those people undercounted at the cost of $2,796 in lost federal dollars per year, adds up to a cummulative loss of $27,960 over the ten year span in which the decennial census data is used.

For more information, contact Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership and the Minnesota Council of Foundations.  Bob Tracy, Director of Public Policy and Communications, 612.335.3558, 651.329.1794 (cell/text), or btracy@mcf.org.