Underfunded, Undercounted: New Mexico at Risk in the 2020 Census

Posted on August 2, 2018
Created by NMPolitics.net

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The Land of Enchantment is well known, among other things, for a history of undercounting its people. In 2000, the undercount amounted to nearly 2 percent or about 35,000 people missed, according to the Census Monitoring Board. Though the problem was substantially corrected in 2010, the correction, as it turns out, was a temporary fix. That is in part because the U.S. Census Bureau is moving to an online survey, introducing cost-cutting measures, new technology and a reliance on the internet to count every resident in the country. The approach is problematic throughout the U.S., but nowhere more so than in New Mexico, where, according to the Bureau’s own statistics, only 67 percent of households have broadband internet subscriptions.

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