The 2020 Census is closer than you think!
Here’s a quick refresher of what it is and why it’s essential that everyone is counted
Completing the census is mandatory: it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!”
The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place.
Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790.
After each decade’s census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.
Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy
Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, which create jobs.
Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness.
Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.