Census 2020 will change the way military overseas are counted — here’s who wins

Rebecca Tippett
Census 2020 will change the way military overseas are counted — here’s who wins

The U.S. also uses the census counts to distribute political power and allocate funding for everything from highway spending to programs like Medicare and Head Start. There are three groups that have consistently posed problems to the U.S. census throughout history and continue to spark debate to this day: military members, Mormon missionaries and prisoners. Overseas military personnel have long been counted in the census, but they were not included in the apportionment population — the number the federal government uses to apportion 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives among the states — until the 1970 census.