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MyTwoCensus Investigation: Is Florida already gearing up for a challenge to its 2010 Census figures?Monday, June 14th, 2010
First, here’s some background: States and municipalities have the power to challenge census results. For instance, just this year the Census Bureau admitted that its numbers were faulty for a number of locales around the country and eventually adjusted the totals, immediately effecting how federal funds were/are distributed. A few days ago, Microsoft released a press release stating that it is now operating a software system for the state of Florida that will help the state identify areas where the Census Bureau may have screwed up and failed to count people.
(Check out the site here at myfloridacensus.com)
site note: maybe I should sue Microsoft/the state of Florida for infringing on the mytwocensus name with myfloridacensus? any lawyers out there want to advise me on this one?
The press release states the following:
“The Florida House of Representatives is making one final push over the next month for its state residents to be counted in the 2010 Census, through its MyFloridaCensus (http://www.myfloridacensus.gov) website and Web-based application. MyFloridaCensus is an innovative component in Florida’s overall effort to ensure a complete count of residents during the ongoing 2010 Census, supplementing door-to-door canvassing, which ends nationwide July 10.”
Ostensibly, if Florida doesn’t like its total population count as identified by the Census Bureau, it will happily use data collected through myfloridacensus.com to fight the Census Bureau in its challenge. Does this mean that the stage is already being set for yet another bloody recount in Florida, this one to take place in 2011, ten years after the last one rocked the nation and changed the course of history?
Good news, Philadelphia!
After decades of population loss, the city has stopped shrinking, according to revised Census Bureau estimates delivered to the city earlier this week.
On Monday, the city received a letter from the Census Bureau raising the 2008 population estimate by about 93,000.
In October, Philly challenged the bureau’s 2008 estimate of the city’s population, which the bureau had set at 1,447,395. It was the first time that the city had challenged the bureau’s estimates since a challenge program began earlier this decade.
The new estimate of Philadelphia’s ’08 population is 1,540,351 people, 4,220 higher than what even the city had believed. The difference came from the bureau’s having more accurate counts of those living in prisons, nursing homes and college dorms, said Gary Jastrzab, the city’s deputy director of city planning.
The city’s population peaked at more than two million people in 1950, then began a 50-year decline.
“For the first time in nearly 60 years, we can demonstrate that Philadelphia’s population is growing, not declining,” Mayor Nutter said.
He said that the new estimates highlighted the importance of the 2010 Census, which will have legislative and fiscal ramifications for the city.
“City, state, and federal [representation] are all affected by the census figures because of required redistricting,” he said.
The city would get more funding from the federal government if it could prove it was growing, Nutter said.
From the Associated Press:
Boston has successfully challenged its U.S. Census Bureau population estimate.
The city won an argument with the federal government that Boston’s population was 620,535 as of 2008.
So far, eight municipalities have challenged their numbers, adding 22,295 to the Massachusetts population estimate.
Secretary of StateWilliam Galvin said today that Massachusetts now has an overall estimate of more than 6.5 million.
The 2010 Census in April will be critical if the state hopes to avoid losing one of its 10 House seats to southern and western states that have seen population growth.
The Population Estimates Program at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute assisted in revising Boston’s figures. And the Boston Redevelopment Authority provided specific data for the challenge that added 11,512 people to the city’s 2008 population estimate.