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,
For more information, click here.