On our way to 2020
Do you know why the 2020 Census matters? Do you know how participating can help your community? Do you know why it's critical that we have a complete and accurate count?
What is a census and why is it important?
Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for redistricting and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support States, Counties and Communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
HOW THE CENSUS BENEFITS YOUR COMMUNITY
Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. People in your community use census data in all kinds of ways, such as these:
Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs.
Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals.
Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.
Ultimately, the success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. The Census Bureau depends on cross-sector collaborations with organizations and individuals to get people to participate.
The 2020 Census is important for you and your community, and you can help!!!!