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Timeline Gets Tight for 2020 Census


The results of the census will determine how more than $900 billion in annual funding is allocated and congressional seats are apportioned, which could change in 13 states.

“Illinois lost a congressional seat after the 2010 census and we could lose one or two more,” Cook County, Illinois Commissioner Stanley Moore told the Rural Action Caucus at its March 4 meeting during the 2019 NACo Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

Although the controversial citizenship question remains in the courts, counties should prepare by organizing outreach efforts to make residents aware of the census and the importance of having an accurate count.

Among states most likely to see congressional changes as a result of population shifts, the Population Association of America reported that Texas, California, Arizona and Colorado likely stood to gain seats, while Minnesota, Michigan, Rhode Island and Illinois were likely to lose seats.

To retain 18 congressional seats, Stanley Moore said, Illinois would have to grow its population to 13.6 million from the 2010 census’ count of 12.9 million.

More detailed information is available via this link ... NACo County News Article 2020 Census