The decennial Census counts for much more than a tally of every resident of the country. The Census impacts $16 billion in funding for Massachusetts. If a Census count is inaccurate population estimates and research statistics could be off: the picture we paint of our communities could be distorted, and our state could miss out on billions of federal dollars. These federal funds address a wide range of services from Title I to CHIP. If our communities are undercounted not only does Massachusetts lose out on resources, it loses out for the next 10 years.
16 billion is nearly 40% of the Massachsuetts State Budget. If an accurate count is hindered Massachusetts could stand to lose billions in federal funding. A risk we cannot afford.
Thanks to an allocation by the Massachusetts Legislature Non-Profits will aid with outreach across the state. Local non-profits are trusted resources for residents and can aid in ensuring an accurate count for communities.
Due to an underfunded budget, Massachusetts has fewer resources for the 2020 Census. Boston has some of the hardest to count areas in the nation due to a large renter population and the effects of high rents. Western Massachusetts has no census office and its limited internet connectivity makes it vulnerable to be under-counted and underrepresented.
Political Representation & Districts
Census data has historically been used to determine congressional representation as well as state and local district lines. In 2010, for example, Massachusetts lost a seat in Congress.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
“We need to make sure we are all counted because it determines our representation in Congress and I can’t underscore that enough. We need accurate census counts to protect our voices in Congress… If we don’t do the count accurately we won’t get what is due to us in the Commonwealth.”