This report draws attention to the U.S. Census Bureau's undercount of rural areas, especially among minority populations with high poverty rates and disproportionately low levels of education. Key findings highlight seasonal employment and other reasons for the undercount, which keeps these communities from receiving their share of public funds.

November 9, 2010

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why rural areas are more difficult to count accurately.

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    Why rural areas are easier to count accurately.

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    U.S. counties with the highest hard-to-count scores.

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    Why racial and ethnic minorities are undercounted more often than whites.

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    Funding discrepancies between rural and large-city census efforts.

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    The top 10 federal programs that distribute funds to states and localities based on census data.

Key Takeaway

Improving the 2010 Census

While populations in rural areas are easier to count than those in urban areas, pockets of hard-to-count populations exist – including Blacks in the rural South, Hispanics in the Southwest border region, and American Indians on reservations in the Southwest and Northern Plains. Efforts are underway to make the rural count more accurate in the 2010 census.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations