1 CM | On Demand Event #9200187  |  Expires Aug. 31, 2020


Every 10 years, America conducts a census to count all residents in the United States. Population totals and demographics are the foundation for allocating federal and state funding, redistricting, and apportioning how many representatives each state gets in the United States House of Representatives. Census results are equally important on the local level. They frequently inform residents, businesses, local governments, real estate developers and city planners on how to best support community initiatives, improve neighborhoods and schools, ensure public safety and even help determine where to build factories, offices, stores and ultimately, jobs. There is also a need to reach out to Hard to Count Groups including communities of color, LGBTQ+, the homeless, children under 5, people with disabilities, undocumented immigrants, tribal members, rural communities, and the linguistically isolated.


Terry Eagan has worked at the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission for the past 17 years. During this time he has used Census data extensively for diverse purposes such as the City of Tampa’s redistricting and to analyze poverty trends in Hillsborough County. As the agency’s librarian, he manages a small research collection of planning material and planning archives. His research interests include migration, immigrants’ human rights and poverty trends.

Norin Dollard, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies in the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences at the University of South Florida. She is also Director of Florida KIDS COUNT, an effort of the Annie E. Casey Foundation that tracks the status of children in the U.S.