Why the Census Matters to You

The United States Census is a decennial population census mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, which states: “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States… according to their respective Numbers.”

Because the complete count of the full population is only every ten years, federal funds are distributed based on annual population estimates.  Census data are used to apportion multiple federal funding streams.  Data from the census is used to determine how half a trillion dollars in federal funds will be distributed to state and local governments.

Not only does the census affect the amount of representatives for some state, local, and federal congressional seats;  the federal programs affected by census distribution of federal monies include:  Medicaid,  Medicare Part B,  SNAP,  TANF,  CHIP,  Federal Pell Grants,  Highway Planning and Construction,  Title I(Elementary and Secondary Education Act),  Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Please visit Census.gov and make sure your community is politically represented and economically empowered.

The deadline to respond is September 30, 2020.

You can respond online, by phone, or by mail.