Penn Live: Census countdown is on, but a lot of Pennsylvanians haven’t been counted

Low census responses come at a cost. Estimates show that every Pennsylvanian not counted in the Census amounts to roughly $2,100 in lost federal funding for such critical programs as Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, and the National School Lunch Program.

It also determines the number of congressional districts the state will have. Currently, Pennsylvania has 18 congressional seats, but with slow population growth in comparison to other states, it has lost five seats since the 1990 census.