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PPIC: Federal money, California and the census

An illustration of the 2020 census. (Image: Maria Dryfout, via Shutterstock)

In the most recent year for which an estimate is available (2015), California received about $77 billion in census-related funding—more than 80% of the total federal funds the state received that year. A number of federal programs draw on population estimates derived from the 2010 Census to calculate the share of federal funding for each state. The 2020 Census will soon update these estimates.

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