The U.S. Census Bureau is gearing for the 2010 Census. This is important to note for nonprofits and community organizations because the data collected from the Census guides the amount of federal funding that goes to several areas. Education, Head Start, health services, unemployment insurance, youth recreation services and emergency food and shelter receive federal funding that is directly related to Census findings.
According to the Colorado State Demography Office, for every Denver resident not counted in 2010, Denver could lose a minimum of $826 per person each year in federal funds. It’s estimated that Denver missed out on $74 million in federal funding over the last 10 years due to undercounted residents in the 2000 Census.
As the data collection period for the Census approaches, residents should remember that Census data are safe and confidential. The constitution protects Census information from being shared with the Department of Homeland Security or any other federal agency, including U.S. Immigration, the IRS or the Department of Welfare.
For more information on the 2010 Census, visit the city of Denver’s Census page.