How Can The Next Census Change The Future Of America?
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?
- William Frey, internationally regarded demographer, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of "Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America"
- Kenneth Prewitt, professor of public affairs at Columbia University and former director of the U.S. Census Bureau
- Lloyd Potter, Texas State Demographer, director of the Institute for Demographic & Socioeconomic Research and professor of demography at the University of Texas at San Antonio
Megan Dodge, assistant director of government & public affairs for the City of San Antonio