Senior Services. Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of our community.
· Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
· The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
· It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
Think of your morning commute: Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses, subways, and other public transit systems.
Or think of your local schools: Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education.
Or think about housing: Census results can help determine housing assistance for older adults for the next decade.
The list goes on: including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse or to prepare for wildfires.
The results of the 2020 Census will help communities plan for the future. And they will shape how hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding are distributed across the country—for business development, rural education, and much more.
Curious about what other programs are impacted by census data? Download this report to see a full list.
Responding to the Census
The 2020 Census is happening now. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.The 2020 Census asks a few simple questions about you and everyone who was living with you on April 1, 2020.
Please note that if you are responding online, you must complete the census in one sitting, as you don't have the ability to save your progress. You can see the questions the census asked.
Even if you did not receive an invitation to respond from the Census Bureau, you may respond online or visit our Contact Us page to call our phone line.
The Census Bureau began mailing paper questionnaires in mid-April to homes that had not yet responded. If you have not already responded, please complete and mail back your form as soon as you receive it. And if you prefer, you still have the option of responding online or by phone instead.
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