Did the 2010 Census save taxpayer money or not?
Following up on an issue he raised in the Federal Eye raised on Monday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) -- a vocal critic of 2010 Census operations -- has provided his math to prove that the 2010 Census was much more expensive than the 2000 Census and thus a failure.
Chaffetz believes it's "outrageous" for Commerce Department officials to even suggest that this year's headcount will save taxpayer money because when adjusted for household growth and inflation, this year's operations are set to cost 58 percent more than the 2000 efforts.
The U.S. Census Bureau will release the final participation rate numbers on Wednesday and will likely face questions about the costs and success or failure of the operations. In the meantime, take a look at Chaffetz's hard numbers to understand his reasoning and leave your thoughts in the comments section below:
2000 CPI: 172
2010 CPI: 217 (estimated)
CPI growth: 26.2%
Household adjustment (as of March):
Source: Table 61 of Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2010
2000 households: 105.5 million
2010 households: 120 million (estimate based on 2008 number and growth from 2000 to 2008
Household growth from 2000 to 2010: 13.7%
Combined inflation/population adjustment:
Total adjustment = 1.262 * 1.096 - 100% = 38.3%
Combined inflation/household adjustment:
Total adjustment = 1.262 * 1.137 – 100% = 43.5%
Since household growth was higher than population growth, to be conservative household growth was used.
Cost of 2000 Census: $6.5 billion
Cost of 2010 Census: $14.7 billion (estimated)
Adjusting for inflation/household growth = 1.435 * $6.5 billion = $9.3 billion.
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