ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis officials were hoping to find that the census head count showing the city lost about 8 percent of its population over the past 10 years was wrong. They now concede it is probably accurate.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that city officials at first thought the census had listed about 5,000 fewer housing units than did city assessor data. That could have meant about 12,000 St. Louisans weren’t counted. And they suspected other errors.
But the newspaper reports that those errors now look like technological glitches that have no real bearing on the population total.
A lot is at stake because nearly 200 federal programs use census figures to determine how to distribute federal money.
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