The count of people conducted every ten years by the US Census Bureau is tied to many different funding programs. It has been estimated that the under count in many locations after the 2000 US Census cost the under counted communities as much as $3.6 billion, or $2,913 per under counted person (PriceWaterhouseCoopers report to Congress). This is a significant loss of funds. Based upon the estimated levels of the under counts in 2000 Massachusetts has been identified as a state that lost entitlement funds due to an under count.
Over the next several months I will use the Planning and Economic Blogs to stress the importance of the Census and to remind people to fill out those forms when the arrive.