LUCA participation helps ensure an accurate 2020 census


Billions of federal dollars are distributed to states based on census counts. $400-500 billion in annual federal funds is allocated to state and local governments based on decennial census counts.

New Mexico receives $3.5 to $4 billion in annual federal assistance on a per capita basis that funds Medicaid, Transportation Grants, Education Grants, Section 8 Housing Vouchers, Community Development Block Grants, and dozens more.

Each New Mexican not counted may result in a loss of approximately $2,972 dollars for each of ten years. A 1 percent undercount of New Mexicans in 2020 may result in a $600,000,000 loss of funds over a ten-year period, making New Mexico very vulnerable to census undercount.

New Mexico’s greater vulnerability to an undercount is due to its unique demographic characteristics as the state has a large Native American and Hispanic populations, vast rural areas, and high poverty rates.

LUCA Participation Will Ensure an Accurate Count in New Mexico

– Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) is the opportunity for state and local governments to update the Census Bureau’s Master Address File (MAF)
–  LUCA is critical to an accurate Census, the address list informs enumerators where to count
– Adequate resources will allow GPS, BBER, EDAC and TRD to build a first-rate, comprehensive address file.

This address list will:

  • Ensure that no housing units are missed by the Census Bureau in 2020.
  •  Position the state to challenge any undercount.
  • Remain a valuable, much-needed resource for agencies throughout the state,

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