Every 10 years, the federal government is legally required to count every person living in the country, regardless of citizenship status, as part of the U.S. Census. Certain populations, however, are more likely than others to be missed. Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs), people with limited English proficiency, people with low incomes, and young children are some of the groups that are undercounted in the census.
When our communities are undercounted, we are given less than our fair share of government resources, including those for education and healthcare. Undercounting also results in our denial of a fair voice in policy decision-making and federal funding allocated to Hawaiʻi.