Why the Census Matters


The Census is a foundational principle of our democracy.  It is so important, that the United States Constitution specifically directs that a census shall be performed every 10 years.












A complete count is critical! The Census is used to:

  • Determine Need for Social Services

    • To allocate funds for people who are experiencing poverty, have disabilities​, are elderly, or have limited English-language proficiency.

  • Allocate Federal Funding

    • To determine how more than $675 billion are spent, supporting your state, county and community’s vital programs.


  • Forecast Future Need for:

    • School Facilities and Educational Programs​

    • Local Emergency Services & Plan for Disasters​​​

    • Housing for All Segments of the Population

    • Transportation and Mobility

  • Determine Political Representation

    • To determine how many votes each state receives in the Electoral College.

    • Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.

  • Guide Political Redistricting

    • Census data shows population shifts and plays a part in drawing federal, state, and local legislative districts, as well as local city council and school district boundaries.​


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