What's At Stake

What's At Stake

An Undercount Could Cost New York Billions In Much-Needed Federal Funding

As the response rate increases, our state’s share of critical federal funding gets larger.

What Happens if We Undercount?

Undercounting the census is a life-or-death issue for many New Yorkers. The 2010 Census determined $34 billion in annual Medicaid allocations, billions more in housing assistance and hundreds of millions to feed hungry children in schools. If we fail to count everyone, many will be deprived of food, shelter and health care. It's as simple as that.

76% of New York State households responded to the 2010 census, which led to a federal allocation of $73.3 billion. If the Census response rate was increased to 85%, that number would have increased to $82.4 billion. And with returns at 95%, that number would have increased further to $92.1 billion.

$13
Billion
At Stake

How could an undercount affect education in New York?

Key education-related funding would be affected in the event of an undercount.

Currently, New York receives much-needed federal funds for critical programs: 

  • $550 million in Head Start funds
  • $1 billion in Title I grants
  • Over $900 million in Federal School Lunch and School Breakfast funds
  • Over $750 million in IDEA grants

In all, around $13 billion in education funding comes from census-allocated federal sources.

Who is most likely to be undercounted?

Across our state, there are several populations that are historically undercounted in the census. It's important to know who these people are so we can determine the most effective way to reach them and assure they are counted.

  • Children under 5 years old
  • Racial and ethnic minorities
  • Non-English speakers
  • Immigrants
  • Renters
  • Alternative or overcrowded housing units
  • Gated communities
  • People displaced by natural disasters
  • Homeless
  • Young, mobile adults
  • Single-parent headed households

How will your region be affected? 

Every region of our state will be affected if there is an undercount. See how much your region could benefit from an increased return rate.

Central New York

Projections show that Central New York could receive an additional $493 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

Capital Region

Projections show that the Capital Region could receive an additional $539 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

North Country

Projections show that the North County region could receive an additional $192 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

Mid-Hudson

Projections show that the Mid-Hudson region could receive an additional $326 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

Tarrytown

Projections show that the Westchester/Tarrytown region could receive an additional $807 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

New York City

Projections show that New York City could receive an additional $4.5 billion in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

Nassau County

Projections show that Nassau County could receive an additional $579 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

Suffolk County

Projections show that Suffolk County could receive an additional $588 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

Southern Tier

Projections show that the Southern Tier could receive an additional $364 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

Rochester

Projections show that the Rochester region could receive an additional $523 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

Western New York

Projections show that the Western New York region could receive an additional $764 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Central New York

    Projections show that Central New York could receive an additional $493 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Capital Region

    Projections show that the Capital Region could receive an additional $539 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • North Country

    Projections show that the North County region could receive an additional $192 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Mid-Hudson

    Projections show that the Mid-Hudson region could receive an additional $326 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Tarrytown

    Projections show that the Westchester/Tarrytown region could receive an additional $807 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • New York City

    Projections show that New York City could receive an additional $4.5 billion in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Nassau County

    Projections show that Nassau County could receive an additional $579 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Suffolk County

    Projections show that Suffolk County could receive an additional $588 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Southern Tier

    Projections show that the Southern Tier could receive an additional $364 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Rochester

    Projections show that the Rochester region could receive an additional $523 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Western New York

    Projections show that the Western New York region could receive an additional $764 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

How will your region be affected? 

  • Western New York

    Projections show that the Western New York region could receive an additional $764 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Rochester

    Projections show that the Rochester region could receive an additional $523 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Central NY

    Projections show that Central New York could receive an additional $493 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Southern Tier

    Projections show that the Southern Tier could receive an additional $364 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • North Country

    Projections show that the North County region could receive an additional $192 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Capital Region

    Projections show that the Capital Region could receive an additional $539 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Mid-Hudson

    Projections show that the Mid-Hudson region could receive an additional $326 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Tarrytown

    Projections show that the Westchester/Tarrytown region could receive an additional $807 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • New York City

    Projections show that New York City could receive an additional $4.5 billion in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Nassau

    Projections show that Nassau County could receive an additional $579 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.

  • Suffolk

    Projections show that Suffolk County could receive an additional $588 million in federal funding if the census return rate increased from 85% of households to 95%.