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Census Numbers to Guide County Funding
by Dan Kleiner
Apr 14, 2010 | 110 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print

You’re worth at least $13,000, according to the United States Census Bureau.

The information gathered from the 2010 Census will determine how more than $4 trillion in federal funds will be distributed over the next 10 years. Mail-in responses were due April 1, and as that deadline has now passed, the Census Department will be sending out seasonal employees across the country to go door-to-door to properties that did not respond to the initial query.

Examples of some of the things that federal dollars derived from the U.S. Census support are available online in the Consolidated Federal Funds Report. Through 2008, funds derived from the 2000 Census had funded grants for Karnes County in the amount of $1.2 million for highway planning and construction, $1.3 million for the federal school lunch program, $2.3 million for the Head Start program, and $1.5 million for the State Children’s Insurance Program, just to name a few.

The 2000 Census for Karnes County came in with a countywide population of 15,446. Recent population estimates from the Texas Water Development Board place Karnes County’s current population just north of 17,000.

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