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How Can The Next Census Change The Future Of America?

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Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau releases forms to survey the number of people living in American households. 

The next census, slated for 2020, is expected to include a new question asking to identify an individual's citizenship status.  

Since non-citizens may be discouraged from sharing personal information, this change raises concerns about the potential for undercounting in the next round of data.

Funding models for social services and federal programs rely on national census numbers, and the effects can trickle down to billions of dollars less in support for state and local government.

Why is accuracy on the census important for high-growth cities like San Antonio? How are shifts in migration patterns affecting demographics in Texas and throughout the United States? 


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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.