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. The decennial census
was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the
Constitution. It counts our population and
households, providing the basis for reapportioning
congressional seats, 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.
An accurate census count benefits our community in
Federal funds, grants and support to states,
counties and communities are based on population
totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other
factors. Our community benefits the most when the
census counts everyone. People in Our community use
census data in for many purposes:
- 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, which
in turn create jobs.
- Local government officials use the census to
ensure public safety and for the planning of new
schools and hospitals.
- Real estate developers and city planners use
the census to plan new homes and improve
The next census is coming in 2020. Counting an
increasingly diverse and growing population is a
massive undertaking. It requires years of planning
and the support of thousands of people.
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.