Report

There is neither a simple explanation nor any consensus on why young children are missed so often in the census. But there are a couple of theories about why children might be missed. This report explores those theories, how it affects our political and economic structure, and offers recommendations to overcome the miscount. 

December 4, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How the census form could lead to miscounting.

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    Why it will be harder to get a good count in 2010 than 2000.

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    What factors affect the miscount.

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    How the undercount affects us all.

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    How race plays a role in the undercount.

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    How advocates can help alleviate the problem.

Key Takeaway

When children are not counted accurately we don’t get a true picture of our nation.

Reasons for children being missed in the census count range from their living in hard-to-count neighborhoods to the fact that the census form only has space for six household members. When children are not counted accurately we don’t get a true picture of our nation, and communities don’t get their rightful share of public funds or political power.

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