Census Undercount

The subcommittee heard testimony on a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau stating that the 1990 census missed counting a greater… read more

The subcommittee heard testimony on a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau stating that the 1990 census missed counting a greater number of people in America than the previous census in 1980, and most of the uncounted were of minority status. Witnesses testified on the continuing efforts of the U.S. Census Bureau to adjust its figures. The undercount of the American population, particularly concerning the homeless and minorities, impacts U.S. urban areas when census figures are used to appropriate Federal funds to cities by level of populations. Federal programs for the poor, homeless, and minorities may also receive and dispense inappropriately low amounts of Federal funds if incorrect census figures are used in calculating Federal outlays. Subcommittee Chairman Sawyer cited the Post-Enumeration survey which stated the census undercounted the American population by over 5 million people and an estimate by the General Accounting Office said 10 million people were not counted. Witnesses testified on the methods the U.S. Census Bureau is using in making its adjustments. close

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Program ID:
18603-1
Category:
House Committee
Format:
House Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jun 27, 1991
Last Aired:
Jul 1, 1991

Airing Details

  • Jun 27, 1991 | 8:48pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 28, 1991 | 2:11am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 28, 1991 | 1:43pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 29, 1991 | 7:15am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 01, 1991 | 12:05am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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