The countdown to the 2020 Census has begun.
Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution.
It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs – impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
Here’s why the census is important:
Census numbers are used to determine Congressional and state legislative districts. A complete count ensures accurate representation.
2. Federal Aid
Every resident not counted means Wayne County and our communities will lose out on roughly $1,800 in annual federal funding for essential programs like education and roads. A complete count ensures your community can receive its fair share of more than $675 billion in federal funds distributed annually.
3. Planning For Our Future
Public officials at all levels of government and business leaders use census figures to plan for new schools and hospitals and ensure public safety. A complete count means local leaders have the tools they need to provide the infrastructure we rely upon every day.
And know this:
The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, and only once, in the right place. The official 2020 Census count day is April 1, 2020.
A Civic Duty
Completing the census is required for every household. It’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I count!”
It’s In The Constitution
The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years. The first census was undertaken in 1790.
Census information cannot be used for any purpose other than the Census, according to federal law. The information on your form cannot be shared with any other government agency or department, including law enforcement, immigration officials, or the court system.