Who Does the Census Affect?
New schools to ease overcrowding. Improved roadways and mass transit to ease traffic congestion. Affordable housing for seniors. First time homebuyer assistance. Access to quality health care. Early childhood education programs. Special education programs for varying exceptionalities. Disaster recovery assistance following a hurricane or other declared disaster.
The list of programs and services that use census data for funding distribution is endless. In fact, census data is used to determine how approximately $700 billion in Federal funds are distributed to states, counties and cities/towns EVERY YEAR. This impacts all of us in a variety of ways.
We have one chance to shape our future every ten years. Make sure you are counted in Census 2020 next Spring.
A Few Ways Census Data Are Used:
- Decision making at all levels of government.
- Drawing federal, state, and local legislative districts.
- Attracting new businesses to state and local areas.
- Distributing over $700 billion annually in federal funds and even more in state funds.
- Forecasting future transportation needs for all segments of the population.
- Planning for hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and the location of other health services.
- Forecasting future housing needs for all segments of the population.
- Designing public safety strategies.
- Estimating the number of people displaced by natural disasters.
- Planning disaster relief assistance for those displaced by natural disasters.
- Creating maps to speed emergency services to households in need of assistance.
- Planning for public transportation services, including roadway improvements and mass transit.
- Planning health and educational services for people with disabilities.
- Establishing fair market rents and enforcing fair lending practices.
- Facilitating scientific research.
- Developing “intelligent” maps for government and business.
- Providing proof of age, relationship, or residence certificates provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
- Assessing the potential for spread of communicable diseases.