Dozens Of US Cities Prepare To Contest The 2010 Census

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With jobs at stake and nearly $450 billion in federal aid to be distributed to states based on population, U.S. cities are lining up to contest their 2010 census counts as being inaccurate and too low, according to the Associated Press.

A decade ago, there were 1,200 challenges filed by cities and counties. Based on feedback so far, the U.S. Conference of Mayors is predicting a big jump in that number. That's because tighter budgets are making local officials more sensitive to drop-offs in federal money for Medicaid and other programs.

Although the census has only identified errors involving 26,000 people in six states so far, officials estimate the 2010 census failed to count 1.25 million people in California alone.