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Why Should You Care About the 2020 Census? 10/14/2018

According to UNM Geospatial Population Studies:

Billions of Federal Dollars are Distributed to States Based on Census Counts

  • New Mexico receives over $6 billion each year through federal programs that allocate funds on per capita basis
  • Funds Medicaid, Transportation Grants, Education Grants, Section 8 Housing Vouchers, Community Development Block Grants, and dozens of other federal programs
  • Each New Mexican not counted equates to a loss of approximately $3,000 every year for the next decade
  • Just a 1% undercount of New Mexicans in 2020 could result in a $600,000,000 loss of funds over a ten-year period
    • 20,000 people * $3,000 * 10 years ≈ $600,000,000


New Mexico is the State Most Vulnerable to Undercount

“Did you know that Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders, African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives have been undercounted for decades, disadvantaging their families, communities and neighborhoods?” (NCRP) On top of that, New Mexico is home to some of the nations “hardest-to-count” communities that are at a higher risk of an unfair and inaccurate count in the 2020 Census.

  • New Mexico’s unique demographics and geography make it the most difficult state to count
  • In 2000 the net undercount for New Mexico was nearly 2% or over 35,000 people
  • In 2010 New Mexico had the second lowest response rate in the US


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