The Importance of an Accurate Census Count in Texas

Economic Consequences of a Significant Undercount

Published on March 17, 2020
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Accurate Census counts are far more than just a matter of interest. They are important to ensuring adequate federal funding for various programs, appropriate representation in Congress, and an understanding of demographic trends in order to plan for the future.

The economic and fiscal costs of a significant undercount would be substantial. The Perryman Group estimates that the direct losses due to a significant Census undercount in Texas would total billions per year, and these losses generate negative ripple effects through the economy which multiply the overall reductions in funding for these programs. In addition, they lead to substantial "downstream" effects such as reduced wellness, less infrastructure improvement, and more limited job training. Reduced economic activity would also lead to lost tax receipts.

As a public service, The Perryman Group has analyzed the potential economic and fiscal costs of an undercount in Texas.

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