Georgetown Edition - March 2020

GEORGETOWN EDITION

VOLUME 13, ISSUE 7  MARCH 20APRIL 23, 2020

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CENSUS 2020

BE IN THE KNOW The 2020 census is starting up; here is what you need to know. Every household will receive an information mailer in mid-March. Everyone should be counted where they are living on April 1.

With a 1% undercount in the 2010 census, Texas lost in federal funding over 10 years, according to census data. $3.59 billion

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The federal government disperses $675 billion annually among states based on population. Local governments, nonprots and schools rely on census funding. POPULATIONCHANGES Federal funding heavily weighs on population counts taken from the census. Growing populations can mean more money but greater is the impact when there is an undercount.

LOCAL VOTER GUIDE

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566,719

600K

1.5M

1,248,743

+34.08%

+21.92%

1,024,266

422,679

500K

1.2M

Estimated cost per year of a 1% undercount to the county: $187.31 M*

Estimated cost per year of a 1% undercount to the county: $85.01M*

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900K

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*CALCULATED USING THE CENSUS BUREAU'S ESTIMATION THAT EACH PERSON UNDERCOUNTED RESULTS IN A $1,500 LOSS PER YEAR FOR 10 YEARS SOURCE: U.S. CENSUS BUREAUCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER Local entitiespush for anaccuratecount in the2020census

Money, power, business at stake in decennial poll

State inaction, privacy concerns drive outreach A statistic often cited—by elected ocials, journalists and residents alike—is the number of people who move to the Austin-Round Rock metro each day, on average. It is 105, according to a 2019 Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce report. This net migration is one of many challenges facing census workers and organizers. Where will the approximately 105 people moving on Census Day—April 1 BY EMMA FREER AND ALI LINAN

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Census Bureau. The distributed census is condential and anony- mous, he added. The results are then used to deter- mine federal funding allocations, government representation at the federal and local levels, and corpo- rate decisions, all of which could have major impacts on residents, Loveday said. “These funds come to the state of Texas for programs, but they also trickle down all the way to the local level,” Loveday said.

MUSTANG HERITAGE FOUNDATION

Texas lost an estimated $3.59 billion in federal funding due to an under- count in the 2010 census, pushing local municipalities and nonprots to rev up participation in the coming census, according to census data. The census is a constitution- ally mandated survey that is taken every 10 years to count each per- son where he or she lives on April 1. The rst census took place in 1790 and is only used for data-gathering purposes, said Douglas Loveday, senior media specialist for the U.S.

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CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE

Due to the fast-changing nature of coronavirus in the region, readers should visit communityimpact.com to nd the latest coverage on announcements, case numbers, school closures and more.

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