The upcoming census has sparked some concerns about the security of vulnerable populations, including immigrants. 

In Indiana, immigrants make up almost 5 percent of the population. And the state receives nearly $18 billion – more than $2,500 per person – in annual federal funding according to state data.

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Indiana state officials are kickstarting efforts to support the U.S. Census Bureau ahead of next year’s population count.

Monday marked the first meeting of Indiana’s Complete Count Committee.

The census affects a lot in Indiana. Beyond helping decide how legislative districts are drawn, the population count influences urban planning, rural development and, says Census Bureau regional director Marilyn Sanders, federal funding.

“Over $675 billion are distributed based on census data every single year,” Sanders says.

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The U.S. census determines billions of dollars in federal funding for Indiana – including for schools – and education leaders across the state are on a mission to make sure every Hoosier child gets counted in 2020. 

Executive director of the Indiana School Boards Association Terry Spradlin says each child in Indiana can mean thousands of dollars in local school funding over the years. Data from the Indiana Department of Education says the feds have sent Indiana more than $1 billion for education every year since the last census in 2010.