MISSING: 200,000 New Yorkers

Dec 12, 2002
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. - Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY), former ranking Democrat of the House Census Subcommittee, joined Rep. Henry Waxman (CA), the ranking Democrat of the House Committee on Government Reform, and eight other Democratic members of the Committee today in the release of a preliminary analysis of corrected data from the 2000 Census. A copy of the analysis and a summary of the data are available on the web page of the minority staff of the Committee on Government Reform, www.reform.house.gov/min.

Congresswoman Maloney said of the data: "This data suggests that more than 200,000 New Yorkers were missed in the 2000 census and that minorities in this state and around the country were significantly more likely to be missed than others. Why did the administration block the release of this data, and now that it's finally public, what are they going to do to see that the unequal count doesn't translate into unequal federal aid for minority communities and states with higher undercounts? Why isn't the administration trying to do whatever it can to make sure all Americans are counted? Why is the administration satisfied with a census that may be missing millions of people?"

BACKGROUND

The data released today shows that the 2000 Census failed to count over six million Americans, and counted over three million Americans twice. The data, which have important implications for redistricting and for the distribution of federal funds, were initially withheld by the Bush Administration.

The corrected census data shows that blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities were disproportionately affected by the undercount. The undercount rate for blacks was almost twice the national average; the undercount rate for Hispanics was two and a half times the national average; and the undercount rate for Native Americans, Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders was three to four times the national average. In total, almost 750,000 blacks and almost 1.2 million Hispanics were not counted in the 2000 Census.

The corrected census data also show that some states were affected more than others by the errors in the 2000 Census. The net undercount was just 0.29% in Minnesota, while the net undercount was 1.54% in California and 1.79% in Texas - over five times higher. In other areas, the net undercount was even higher in percentage terms: 2.19% in Washington, D.C., 2.49% in Alaska, and 4.66% in Puerto Rico. In absolute numbers, the five states with the largest net undercounts were California (509,012), Texas (364,032), New York (202,049), Florida (195,684), and Georgia (119,852).

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