Why Census 2020 is Important
Outside of voting, one of the most powerful things you can do for your community is to participate in the census. Your participation helps ensure our community gets the funding it deserves for important programs that serve you. In 2010, the Census Bureau undercounted every racial demographic except for Caucasians and also undercounted other groups such as renters and young children.
Reasons you should participate in Census 2020:
The Census is central to our democracy. It makes sure everyone is equally represented at the local, state, and national levels. Census data determines the number of U.S. representatives each state sends to Congress and sets the district boundaries for congressional, state senator, assembly member, county supervisor, and city council elections.
Funding for Critical Programs and Services
Census participation impacts the programs and services we can offer our community because the federal government uses the census count to determine how to allocate $675 billion per year in funding to state and local governments. That money goes toward critical programs that support education, housing, health and transportation services in our community. California could lose up to $1,000 in federal funds for each person not counted in Census 2020, for each of the next 10 years, according to the most recent analysis from George Washington University's study titled Counting for Dollars 2020.
Data to Improve Our Community
Census data is used to make other important decisions in our community:
- Local governments use census data for public safety and emergency preparedness.
- Businesses use census data to decide where to open facilities and what types of services/products to provide.
- Developers use census data to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.
- Transportation planners use census data to decide on public transit routes.
- Citizen organizations rely on census data to identify community needs, request and fund programs, monitor trends and assess program effectiveness.
- Residents use census data to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
Background and Challenges
For more information about the challenges faced on the upcoming Census 2020 survey,as well as supporting information about the census, see the documents below: