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How Census Data Affects Us

Census 2020

Post Date:02/21/2020 2:32 PM

2020 Census data will determine how billions of dollars are distributed to communities every year for the next 10 years.The census questionnaire is more powerful than we think.  It’s more than a population count that is done every ten years… the census determines the amount of Federal funding from a variety of different agencies that trickles down annually into our local community – Weston included. In fact, it is estimated that over $1.504 trillion is allocated each year by agencies that use formulas based upon census data. 

Here’s a glimpse at a few of the programs (in Weston or the state of Florida) that are impacted by your participation in the decennial census. These programs receive funding from federal or state level, as determined by formulas using census data.  

The moral of the story:  Make sure everyone in your household is counted in Census 2020.

How Census Data Impacts Infrastructure

  • Stormwater Management Improvements:
    $2,176,170 to Weston from 2013 through 2015 from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) / Florida Department of Environmental Management Hazard Mitigation Program 
  • Roadway Safety:
    $579,595 Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grant from 2011 through 2015 for the construction of the roundabout at Saddle Club Road and Bonaventure Boulevard
  • Bus Shelter Installation:
    $100,000 FDOT grant (2011) to install bus shelters along Weston Road
  • LED Street Lights:
    $594,600 Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Energy Efficiency / Conservation Grant (2011)
  • Highway Planning & Construction Program:
    $1.9 billion US Department of Transportation (USDOT) funding to maintain and expand the National Highway System throughout Florida.

How Census Data Impacts Healthcare

  • Medicare: $6.21 billion in Florida (FY 2016)
  • Medicaid: $13.6 billion in Florida (FY 2016) 
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF):  $562 million for Florida (FY2016)
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): $594 million for Florida (FY 2016) 
  • Maternal and Child Health Programs: (Such as Women, Infants & Children (WIC) and Healthy Start) 

How Census Data Impacts Education

  • Before and After School Care Programs
  • Early Childhood Programs: Head Start $399 million in Florida (FY 2016), and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)
  • Federal Direct Student Loans:  $4.9 billion in Florida (FY2016)
    Loans provided to college students (need-based and non-need based) attending undergraduate college/university programs in the state of Florida
  • Federal Pell Grants:  $1.73 billion in Florida (FY2016)
  • Improving Teacher Quality state grants
  • Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants: 
    $5.16 million to  Broward Co. Public Schools; $75,724 for Florida Virtual School.
    Provides all students with access to a well-rounded education, improves school conditions to support safe and healthy students and advance digital literacy of all students.
  • National School Lunch Program:  $821 million in Florida (FY2016)
    Free and reduced-price school lunch program. 
  • School Breakfast Program:  $256 million in Florida (FY2016)
  • School Construction and Expansion to provide the needed number of student stations based upon student population/enrollment estimates.
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA):  Ensures for a free and appropriate public education to eligible children with varying special needs from birth through age 21. 

How Census Data Impacts Emergency Management

  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training:  $8,705 (2012) to establish a Weston CERT.
    CERT volunteers (100+) train annually to respond to local emergencies and assist Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services.
  • Law Enforcement Programming: $3,490 Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Justice Assistance Grant (2012)

How Census Data Impacts Housing

  • First-time Homebuyers Down Payment Assistance:
    $2.199 billion U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in Weston from 2012 through 2019 
  • Minor Home Repair Program: $883,016 for the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) for residential homeowners in need of minor home repairs such as roof repair/replacement, windows, doors, HVAC system replacement, and hurricane shutters.

For additional information on the 2020 Census, visit

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