Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Child care. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. The once-a-decade population count affects your representation in government, determines how much funding your community receives, and provides data to help you plan for the future.
It’s about $675 billion - Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
It’s about fair representation - The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
It’s about redistricting - After each census, state officials redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts to account for population shifts.
It’s the constitution - The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years.