Census 2020: How to Count Hard-to-Count Communities

Wednesday, May 08th, 2019
The census is one of the most basic functions of our federal system, requiring a count of every person in the United States every 10 years. A precise count matters for city leaders because the results provide meaningful data for municipal operations as well as inform the allocation of more than $800 billion dollars of federal funding to state and local governments. Local leaders can support an accurate count by identifying which residents are least likely to participate and investing in targeted outreach to ensure they do. Hard-to-count communities vary from city to city but are generally populations that historically have been undercounted and/or do not self-report as well as others. Examples of hard-to-count populations include persons of color, recent immigrants, young children, renters, and low-income households. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Cities Speak