How the Census Benefits Our Community
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. When you respond to the census, you help our community get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
Businesses use census data to decide where to open business - and this creates jobs. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
Your Community Counts
There are many ways the 2020 Census can shape your community. The results of the census, which is taken once a decade, help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding is distributed to states and communities every year. That could mean a new school to ease overcrowded classrooms or a new road to ease overcrowded commutes.