Funding for Vital Community Programs
are Based on Census Counts
(Source: 2020 Kids Count Fact Book)
The 2010 Census should have counted 13,767 additional children under age 5. Counting everyone in our communities is an investment in our future.
Dr. Darrin Webb, State Economist for Mississippi, stated that, “Kids are the most undercounted group in the census. They are also the target group for many federal funds flowing into the state. Getting that number right is essential. Not only are federal funds tied to the count, but an accurate count is necessary to understanding current socioeconomic conditions. If we don’t where we are, we can’t get where we want to be.”
Things You Need To KNOW:
• Every 10 years, the government counts all people living in the U.S.
• These counts are used to determine Mississippi’s representation in Congress, as well as governmental policies and programs.
• The next census will occur
April 1, 2020
, and people can participate online or by telephone, mail, or an in-person enumerator.
• The questionnaire asks about 10 questions related to sex, race, ethnicity, relationship to householder, and housing.
• Under Title 13, U.S. Code, the U.S. Census Bureau is legally required to keep individual information confidential.
• No personal information provided in response to the census will be shared with other government agencies.
• Young children are one of the groups likely to be undercounted.
Child Demographics in Mississippi
• 706,141 Children live in Mississippi.
• Nearly One-Fourth of Mississippians are Children.
Who is at risks of being undercounted?
• 831,129 children and adults who live in hard to count areas in MS (27.8%).
• 53,488 children under age 5 who live in hard to count areas in MS (28.0%).
BOTTOM LINE: Mississippi stands to lose an average of $2,780 per child in the census if kids are not counted.