If you haven’t been counted in the 2020 census yet, do it! You may ask why it’s important- the 2020 census is important because it provides the government and businesses with a snapshot of our nation. Once complete, it will determine congressional representation, where hundreds of billions of dollars of federal funding is spent, and will provide data that will impact communities for the next DECADE.
Imagine you have ten years worth of lunches to plan, and someone tells you to plan it for 5 people, then 10 people actually show up. That wouldn’t make for very good planning, now would it? Count yourself IN so your community receives the funding it needs!
The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.
The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.
The 2020 Census will be valuable to businesses, as the results will provide a rich set of data on the communities they serve, including population trends and growth projections.
Business owners rely on census results to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, or offices, where to expand operations, where to recruit employees, and which products and services to offer.