Kristina Karisch is a sophomore at Northwestern University studying journalism and political science. She is covering business and politics for the Medill News Service. Kristina is a city reporter and former web editor for The Daily Northwestern. She previously worked as a staff member for the Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute and at Kleine Zeitung in Austria.
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What’s At Stake in an Underfunded Census?
An inaccurate census means more than a mistaken count of the U.S. population: Census data not only determines how many congressional districts each state gets, it also often determines the disbursement of federal funds. Urban, lower-income areas with a high population of immigrants and people of color are often the most affected by undercounting and the lack of funding that comes with it.