Did you know taht participating in the census is mandatory?
The U.S. Constitution says that everyone in the country needs to be counted every 10 years. Not only is it mandatory by the U.S. government but it isa way of saying each one of us matters and gives a voice that says, "I Count!"
Why is it so important? And why should I care?
By participating in the census it allow for the $675 billion dollars in federal funding, grants, and support to state, county, and communities to provide much needed assistance. The distribution of this money is dependent on population counts. How do you get counted? By filling out the census survey.
The money is used to fund schools, roads, hospitals, Medicare Part B, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP), small businesses, the evnivornment, and the list goes on and on.
Not only does the government use census data, but so do bigger businesses and real estate developers. Some businesses use the information gathered to determine where they are going to create new jobs by building new factories, stores, and offices. At this time this is a critical insight for businesses and developers to look at. Realtors and real estate developers use census data in a similar way as it is used to determine where to build new homes or where older neighborhoods can be revitalized.
Another way that the government uses census data is when it comes to deciding how many seats each state should get in the House of Representatives. Census information is also used at state and local levels to help redraw the boundries of congressional and state legislative districts to counterbalance population shifts.
Is responding to the census safe?
Yes. It's against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses in any way that could be used in ways to identify you or your family. Also, by law, your responses cannot be used against you. The information you provide is for statistical use only.
How hard is it to respond to the census survey?
It is very easy to respond to the census. And this year you can do it one of three ways:
If you haven't responded to the census, what are you waiting for? Go, get counted today!
Bonus: In what year did the first cenus take place?