College students are at heightened risk of going uncounted for a number of reasons. For one, being a renter is the number one risk factor for going uncounted. This matters because the census determines how much money each state gets for programs that matter to students like Pell grants, school lunches, special education, contracts for small businesses, and Medicaid. It also determines how many congress members each state has.
- Counting for Dollars 2020: This document from the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy provides a detailed list of the programs which receive funding based on census counts, including how much money comes to Minnesota for each program. (See the Minnesota report here. Find other state’s reports here.)
- Census 2020 in Minnesota: This set of slides from the Minnesota State Demographic Center provides more information about how the census works and its implications for Minnesota. (See the slides here.)
- Mapping Historically Undercounted Communities: This interactive map allows users to search for and identify census tracts in their area that have been historically undercounted. It’s a project of CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research, CUNY Graduate Center. (See map here.)