Council to Challenge Census

The April census numbers for Charlottesville report that the population has dropped by 8.7% since 2000, but City Council isn’t buying it. At tonight’s City Council meeting, they voted unanimously to formally challenge the Census Bureau’s findings, asking for a recount, WCAV reports. Getting the number right is important, because state and federal funding is often based on the population size — if our population is being underestimated, then we’re not getting our fair share.

A quick Google perusal shows that such challenges are common, for the same reasons cited by the city. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t.

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