Census 2020- Respond Today!

What matters to you? Schools?
Transportation? Hospitals? Data from the
Census affects funding for all these important community
resources. To compelte the census and learn how census data impacts
you and your community, visit
2020census.gov.

 

About the 2020 Census

The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted once every 10 years. Census data helps determine the number of seats each state holds in Congress and how billions of dollars in funding are distributed to states and local communities every year for services and infrastructure, including health care, jobs, schools, roads and bridges. 

BENEFITS OF A COMPLETE COUNT
A complete count of every person living in the United States has tremendous benefits for you, for students, for business owners and employees, and for community members.

Schools
The once-a-decade population count serves as the basis for distributing federal assistance to schools and educational institutions, including Title I aid, the National School Lunch Program, and special education grants to states. Help ensure Cecil’s students, educators, and community members receive the resources they need!

• Accurately determine how many representatives each state has in Congress and inform the redrawing of congressional district boundaries.
• Are used as the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to states, counties, and communities to support resources such as schools, hospitals, and fire departments.
• Inform policy, community initiatives, and consumer advocacy.
• Are used to determine the allocation of Title I funds, which provide financial assistance to local educational agencies and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families.

Businesses
The Census provides rich data on communities, including trends in the population, projections of growth, and information on demographics. These data are valuable to businesses—they help inform better decision-making regarding business expansions, closures, hiring strategies, and other business practices to decrease perceived
risks and increase return on investments.

• Provide the basis for distributing grants for economic development and inform business decisions, such as local business expansion.
• Create projections of growth and help you identify prime locations to open new operations or shut old ones.
• Help business owners enhance hiring practices and identify skilled workers.
• Offer valuable information on your customer base, including income levels, household size, and home ownership, which can further inform business strategies such as pricing and locations.
• Determine how much funding your community receives and its representation in government.

Community
The once-a-decade population count affects your representation in government, determines how much funding your community receives, and provides data to help you plan for the future.

• Accurately determine how many representatives each state has in Congress and inform the redrawing of congressional district boundaries.
• Are used as the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to states, counties, and communities to support resources such as schools, hospitals, and fire departments.
• Inform business decisions, policy, community initiatives, and consumer advocacy.