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A 2020 Census Undercount Could Cost Texas $300 Million, More Seats In Congress

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Ahead of the 2020 U.S. Census, a new state-wide collaborative aims to engage community partners to reach Texans that have been traditionally undercounted, including the 25% who live in hard-to-count areas.

A complete population count is imperative to the state’s future. Even a 1% undercount could cost Texas $300 million in federal funding per year and three additional congressional seats.

Texas is one of just a few states not putting money toward efforts to achieve an accurate count, leaving cities, counties and community partnerships to lead the charge.

Which populations are the most likely to be undercounted and how is the new Texas Counts initiative targeting their campaign to reach these individuals and families?


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*This interview was recorded on Monday, December 2.

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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and received a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.
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