An accurate 2020 Census is required to ensure that each Hawaiʻi community receives its fair share of federal funds to support the planning of various needs and initiatives including new roads, schools, and emergency services. Also used by private businesses for market research, the census data will affect decisions on whether or not new businesses will open in Hawaiʻi.
The stakes are high for Hawaiʻi. Every one percent of the population that’s undercounted in Hawaiʻi means a loss of $37 million a year in federal funding. This means a loss of $370 million over 10 years for every one percent of the Hawaiʻi population that’s not counted.