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Why complete the Census?

Why complete the Census?

The United States Census is a broad exercise performed by the United States government every ten years with the purpose of developing an accurate count of the population.  Arguably, the Census is the most important planning tool available for federal, state, and local governments as it serves as the foundation of understanding the population, its current and future needs, and establishes the degree of representation in local, state, and federal policy-making bodies.  Therefore, every community, irrespective of race, ethnicity, or socio-economic position stands to benefit from the information generated by the 2020 Census.

One of the most important bi-products of generating an accurate count from the 2020 Census is that it will determine the distribution of over $675 billion in federal funds annually[1] to support state and local community services such as education, health care, and housing.

It is very important to realize that the federal government allocates resources based on the current population and the projected growth of the population for the next 10 years. Because of this, having the most complete and accurate count of the population in all communities is critically important in determining not only their current needs but the needs for the next 10 years – and therefore the allocation of resources for that period of time.

In addition, the Census serves as a powerful tool to maintain and improve our democratic system of government.  The Census essentially provides a snapshot of America and helps determine the balance of power in our policy-making bodies such as local and state legislatures, and more importantly, the United States Congress.  Therefore, completing the Census, and ensuring everyone is counted is the most expedient way to ensure that there is accurate representation from our communities – and this will represent an accurate reflection of the diversity of our values, beliefs, and ideals.

The Census represents the voice of the people and it has a direct impact in all of our communities.  The U.S. population is highly dynamic and mobile, and changes could be significant from one decade to another. Therefore, the Census provides the ability to have a comprehensive, accurate, and current accounting of our communities.

It only takes 10 minutes to complete. Don’t wait any longer, visit my2020census.gov, call 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish) to complete the Census. #2020Census, #MakeILCount, #HazQueILCuente.

[1] U.S Census Bureau (2018). Census 2020 Programs and Surveys.  Source here.