Next American City talks with the Brookings Institution's Andrew Reamer, a fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program, about why the census only had 10 questions and what it means moving forward.
Until 2000, one of every six households received a "long form" census that asked more detailed information, including income. But Reamer says the American Community Survey demonstrated that such detailed information was necessary every year, not just every 10.
It affects close to half a trillion dollars a year in federal funding, largely in the form of grants.
And the bulk of those grants largely go to people in need -- primarily for Medicaid, but lots of other programs: Title I educational assistance, grants to states for special ed programs and building affordable housing. And, in addition, there's the state highway money, which is a lot of money.
So you can think of those two buckets: a huge bucket for helping people in need, and then a big but relatively smaller bucket for federal highway funds.
Want to know how the money is dispersed to states and who gets it? Listen to Reamer's explanation in the full podcast.
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