Every 10 years, people from across the country knock on the doors of millions of residents as part of the U.S. Census. While this aspect of the census may look different in the current climate, the Census remains one of the most important forms of civic engagement and it has a greater impact on you than you might have previously thought.
What is the Census?
As mandated by the Constitution, the goal of the Census is to count every resident in the United States. In addition to census takers visiting your home to record information, a census form is sent to each household in America. Each household is asked the same 10 questions about the household and its residents. For the first time ever, people have the option of completing this form online, as well as over the phone or by mail.
Why is the Census Important?
The results of the population count affect funding in your community. Based on this data, $1.4T+ in federal funding is allocated into:
- Healthcare (ex. Medicaid)
- Food subsidies (ex. SNAP)
- Education (ex. after-school programs and classroom technology)
- Neighborhoods (ex. where housing, parks, and highways need to be built)
Each person not counted can result in a loss to your district of $16-20K over the next decade.
The Census also impacts political representation across the board. Information from the census is used to:
- Determine school, local and state legislative districts
- Enforce voting rights
- Protect voting rights
- Allocate the number of seats for each state in the House of Representatives
How can I get Involved?
You can get involved with the census by completing the form online at my2020census.gov. You can also encourage your friends and family to take the Census online, making sure to let them know just how much of an impact the population count has on the community.
Another way for you to get involved is by joining our upcoming webinar on Census Day, April 1st, where we’ll fill out the census together. Sign up here.