Losses For Cities, States That Undercount On Census
March 10, 2000
If the 2000 Census undercounts the population at the same rate the 1990 Census did, U.S. cities would lose $11.1 billion in federal funds from 2002 to 2012 -- and states would lose at least $9.1 billion. That is the conclusion of a study conducted by the Census Monitoring Board.
- The losses for cities would average $3,391 for every person not counted.
- The New York City metro area would lose the most over the 10-year period, $2.3 billion -- while Los Angeles would lose $1.84, and Houston would fail to collect $453 million in federal funds.
- California is the state which could experience the largest losses, at $5 billion -- and Texas could lose almost $2 billion.
- States which have a small undercount will get a larger share of the funds -- with Nebraska, for example, gathering in more than $171 million which might have gone elsewhere.
In 1990, 1.6 percent of the population was missed, according to the Census Bureau. It is projecting a possible 1.9 percent undercount this year. PricewaterhouseCoopers, which did the analysis, projects a 1.7 percent undercount.
Source: Haya El Nasser, "Undercount in Census Could Cost Metro Areas $11B," USA Today, March 10, 2000.
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