Census City Challenges

June 29, 2011 - 2:30 PM
FILE - In this May 26, 2011 file photo, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks in New York's Cooper Union. With jobs and federal aid at stake, dozens of U.S. cities are lining up to contest their 2010 census counts as too low. A decade ago, there were 1,200 challenges filed by cities, towns and counties. Based on feedback so far, the U.S. Conference of Mayors is predicting a big jump in that number, due in part to tighter budgets that make local officials more sensitive to potential drop-offs in federal money for Medicaid and other programs. Nearly $450 billion in federal aid is distributed to states based on population each year, or roughly $1,500 per person. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)