In the Weeds
The 2020 U.S. Census is coming up, and if you haven’t heard by now, it’s a big deal. Not only does it impact political representation, but it also has a major impact on how much money North Carolina gets from the federal government.
A new report from the George Washington Institute of Public Policy breaks down how much money states received in FY 2017 based on census-derived data. Nationwide, 316 federal spending programs distributed $1.5 trillion in census-guided federal money.
North Carolina received roughly $43.8 billion in FY 2017, about half of which went to Medicare. See the list of states here.
The report also looks at census-guided funding as a percentage of each state’s personal income. North Carolina ranks 24th with census-guided funding representing 9.77% of its personal income.
Early colleges continue to have a positive impact on high school graduation, college enrollment, and college degree attainment. A new brief from American Institutes for Research (AIR) reviews their recent research on early colleges that shows lasting benefits of attending an early college. In case you didn’t know, North Carolina has more than 100 early colleges.
AIR did a cost-benefit analysis and found lifetime benefits of almost $58,000 per early college student, which comes out to a return on investment of $15 for every dollar spent on early colleges.
For Your Consideration
The Brookings Institute published a look at projected U.S. population growth (or lack thereof) with four different scenarios representing zero immigration, low immigration, main immigration (current trends continue), and high immigration.
The report also shows that regardless of the level of immigration, the share of the total population that identifies as nonwhite will continue to grow over the coming decades.
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