We are concerned that children being undercounted in the U.S. Census is a long-standing problem. Knowing how many children live in a community is critical to ensuring appropriate levels of investment in services and programs designed to promote their well-being.
- Children represent the highest undercounted rate for any age group.
- Newborn babies and children under 5 are often missed in the Census.
- In the 2010 Census, Black and Hispanic children were much more likely to be undercounted than White children.
- Children are more likely to be living in poverty than other age groups.
- Low-income households are more likely to be missing from the Census.