2010 Census Findings and Potential Undercounts

The FIU Metropolitan Center is designated as a U.S. Census Bureau Information Center (CIC). In that capacity, we are pleased to begin the dissemination and analysis of the 2010 Decennial Census. The early 2010 Census data releases have already come under a good deal of scrutiny, and it is our goal to quickly analyze the data and provide South Florida municipalities and organizations with speedy and helpful data findings and extrapolations. Our initial analysis found discrepancies between the 2009 American Community Survey and the 2010 Decennial Census, raising questions about survey estimates and potential undercounts. Census undercounts could cost local governments substantial federal funding. According to the Conference of Mayors, it is estimated that a city loses between $1,200 and $2,000 of federal funds per person not counted by the Census. Analysis of Census data is an important component of the Center’s broad-gauged research and planning applied to governments and nonprofits throughout Southeast Florida. In our first release, we have begun to analyze population and housing trends in the Tri-county area.

Please feel free to call me or Dr. Ned Murray, AICP, at (305) 349-1251 should you have any questions or need assistance.