By Roz Brown, Public News Service-NM
Aug. 11, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Starting today, census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t returned their 2020 census forms. Residents of New Mexico historically are undercounted, in part because nearly 900,000 people live in rural, hard-to-count areas.

Jacob Vigil, research and policy analyst with New Mexico Voices for Children, said even a 1% undercount would mean a huge loss of federal funds. In fact, it would amount to a loss of about $3,000 per person, for a total of $600 million over the next 10 years.

He said there’s still time to participate online, by phone or by returning forms sent earlier this year.

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