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Shaping Texas for

It’s true. With a booming economy, vibrant art and culture and world-class outdoor experiences, Texas is the home of possibility and opportunity. That kind of success requires planning and hard work and that begins with an accurate census where every Texan counts.

The 2020 Census undercount will cost Texans $19.18 billion in federal funds between now and 2031.

Our Mission

The Texas Census Institute provides independent, nonpartisan, data-driven and trusted census policy and program guidance that encourages census participation so all Texans can enjoy a great quality of life. We accomplish our mission through:



Regional Partnerships

Our Story

The Texas Census Institute grew out of the Texas Counts Campaign, launched in 2019 as a collaborative between Communities Foundation of Texas and Every Texan to provide strategic, coordinated support to count Texans with the goal of ensuring the state received the funding, congressional representation and data needed to support our growing population.
The Texas Census Institute builds and expands this work at the state, regional, and local levels to support the decennial census and the American Community Survey to improve the accuracy of census data. By utilizing research, we will develop appropriate resources and increase public awareness on the most effective ways to ensure every Texan counts.

Read more about the collaborative effort to support the 2020 Census in Texas →

Federal Spending Pie Chart
Health & Human Services (53%) Education (17%) U.S. Department of Agriculture (15%) U.S. Department of Transportation (6%) Housing & Urban Development (3%) Other (6%)

Health & Human Services (53%)

  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse
  • Child Care and Development
  • Community Services and Social Services Block Grants
  • Head Start
  • Health Care Centers
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance
  • Special Programs for the Aging
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Foster Care
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Education (17%)

  • Federal Direct Student Loans
  • Pell Grant Program
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Special Education Grants
  • Effective Institution Grants
  • Title I Grants
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Grants

U.S. Department of Agriculture (15%)

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs
  • Business and Industry Loans
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • Community Facilities
  • Cooperative Extension Service
  • Rural Electrification
  • Rural Rental Assistance Payments
  • Water and Waste Disposal Systems for Rural Communities
  • Low to Moderate Income Housing Loans

U.S. Department of Transportation (6%)

  • Highway Planning and Construction
  • Capital Investment Grants
  • Federal Transit Formula Grants

Housing & Urban Development (3%)

  • Section 8 Housing Vouchers and Payment Assistance Programs
  • Community Development Block Grants
  • Public and Indian Housing Funds
  • Housing Assistance Payments Program

Other (6%)

  • Low Income Housing and New Market Tax Credits
  • Crime Victim Assistance
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Employment Service Program
  • Native American Employment & Training
  • Historically Underrepresented Business (HUB) Programs
  • Federal Procurement Programs
  • Federal Tax Expenditures
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
  • Homeland Security Grant Program

Click each section to explore areas of funding.

Why The Decennial Census?

Every 10 years the census helps determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding, including grants and support to states, counties and communities are spent every year for the next decade, for schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and more.

Why The American Community Survey?

Every year the American Community Survey (ACS) collects data that businesses, educators, governments, faith communities, nonprofits, researchers and the public utilize to better understand our nation and its people so they can plan and make data-informed decisions.

Our Research

The Texas Census Institute develops research to provide data-driven insight into how the population count impacts Texas and Texans. Through Research Papers, Policy Briefs, and Data Visualization Tools, the Texas Census Institute will evaluate how an inaccurate count affects resource planning and economic development across all sectors and regions of Texas.


Our first research report establishes and describes a methodology for estimating the people that are not accurately reflected in the 2020 Census. To understand how we utilize census data to drive insights, it is important to understand how we estimate undercounts and overcounts. In this report, theoretical factors that affect our ability to count every person are used to estimate undercounting at the county level in Texas.

Census Data Interactive Map

See visualizations of the estimated population undercount and research variables by state and county.


Angela Broyles | Founding Executive Director

Angela’s vision for the Texas Census Institute grew out of her work on the Texas Counts campaign. Hired by Communities Foundation of Texas to manage their partnerships and investments to support the 2020 Census, Angela became engaged in efforts across the state and gained a deep understanding of the importance of census data.
Her passion for this work led her to launch the Texas Census Institute to ensure the planning, collaboration and research needed to elevate the importance of the census and American Community Survey continues to ensure Texas remains the best place to live and work.

Amy Desler | Chief Strategist

Amy is the Founder and Principal of B.Partners, a consulting group that specializes in strategy, fundraising, communications and events. Her passion is helping organizations optimize resource development by leveraging unique communications, technology and marketing strategies while streamlining processes to accelerate impact.

Passionate about the importance of the census, Amy works to connect and align the Texas Census Institute with stakeholders across the state and nation.

Francisco A Castellanos-Sosa | Research Associate, UT Austin

Deeply knowledgeable about the importance of accurate data, Francisco is a labor and trade economist pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Before entering LBJ, he obtained an M.Sc. in Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. He has served as a Lecturer at the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University since 2020. In Mexico, he worked on evaluating public and budget programs, constructing economic development plans, designing competitive public agendas, creating indexes, identifying strategic economic sectors, and teaching several undergraduate and graduate courses at Universidad del Valle de Mexico. Francisco holds a B.A. in Economics from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon and an M.A. in Economy and Public Policy from Tecnologico de Monterrey.

Allyn Media | Marketing and Communications

Allyn Media is an award-winning, strategic marketing and communications, public affairs, creative design, advertising, public relations, digital and social media firm serving companies, cities, nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations and causes. PR WEEK calls Allyn Media “the go-to guys for public affairs, public relations and sharp collateral.” Campaigns & Elections selected the company as one of their national “Movers & Shakers.”

Regina Nippert | Human Systems Design Strategist
Brishonne Tollie | Legislative Intern

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