THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON TRAVELS TO TEXAS, PARTICIPATES IN ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ON THE IMPORTANCE OF A FAIR AND ACCURATE CENSUS June 2, 1998
Today, President Clinton travels to Houston, Texas, where he will lead a round table discussion at the Magnolia Multi-Service Center on the need for a fair and accurate census. The President will be joined by eight members of the Houston community who will give real and tangible examples of how accurate census information is important to their lives and work.
THERE IS A NEED FOR A FULL AND FAIR COUNT
According to the Census Bureau, the 1990 Census Missed 8.4 Million People and Double-Counted 4.4 Million Others. While missing or miscounting so many people is a problem, the fact that certain groups (such as children, the poor, people of color, city dwellers and people who live in rural rental homes) were missed more often than others made the undercount even more inaccurate. In Texas Alone, the 1990 Census Missed More than 482,700 People, with Children Representing Nearly Half of Texas' Undercount. The undercount in Houston was approximately 66,750. Like the national results, a disproportionate number of the undercounted Texans were minorities -- 4% of African Americans were missed; 2.6% of Asians in Texas were undercounted; 5.4% of Latinos and persons of Hispanic origin were missed; and 2.8% of Native Americans were undercounted in Texas.
WHY IS AN ACCURATE CENSUS SO IMPORTANT?
The Decennial Census Provides Information That Is the Cornerstone of Knowledge about the American People. It is the basis for virtually all demographic information used by educators, policy makers, journalists, and community leaders. America relies on Census data everyday -- to determine where to build more roads, hospitals, and child care centers. Federal, state and local governments use census data to decide which communities need more federal help for WIC, Head Start, seniors nutrition programs, job training and other services. Businesses rely on census data for marketing, hiring, and expansion plans. Census data is used to reapportion Congressional seats and draw legislative districts.