2020 Census

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Exercise 50 Ways Census Data Are Used

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  1. Decision making at all levels of government.
  2. Drawing federal, state, and local legislative districts.
  3. Attracting new businesses to state and local areas.
  4. Distributing over $675 billion in federal funds and even more in state funds.
  5. Forecasting future transportation needs for all segments of the population.
  6. Planning for hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and the location of other health services.
  7. Forecasting future housing needs for all segments of the population.
  8. Directing funds for services for people in poverty.
  9. Designing public safety strategies.
  10. Development of rural areas.
  11. Analyzing local trends.
  12. Estimating the number of people displaced by natural disasters.
  13. Developing assistance programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
  14. Creating maps to speed emergency services to households in need of assistance.
  15. Delivering goods and services to local markets.
  16. Designing facilities for people with disabilities, the elderly, or children.
  17. Planning future government services.
  18. Planning investments and evaluating financial risk.
  19. Economic and statistical reports about the United States and its people.
  20. Facilitating scientific research.
  21. Developing "intelligent" maps for government and business.
  22. Providing proof of age, relationship, or residence certificates provided by the Census Bureau.
  23. Distributing medical research.
  24. Reapportioning seats in the House of Representatives.
  25. Planning and researching for media as backup for news stories.
  26. Providing evidence in litigation involving land use, voting rights, and equal opportunity.
  27. Drawing school district boundaries.
  28. Planning budgets for government at all levels.
  29. Spotting trends in the economic well-being of the nation.
  30. Planning for public transportation services.
  31. Planning health and educational services for people with disabilities
  32. Establishing fair market rents and enforcing fair lending practices.
  33. Directing services to children and adults with limited English language proficiency.
  34. Planning urban land use.
  35. Planning outreach strategies.
  36. Understanding labor supply
  37. Assessing the potential for spread of communicable diseases.
  38. Analyzing military potential.
  39. Making business decisions.
  40. Understanding consumer needs.
  41. Planning for congregations,
  42. Locating factory sites and distribution centers.
  43. Distributing catalogs and developing direct mail pieces.
  44. Setting a standard for creating both public and private sector surveys.
  45. Evaluating programs in different geographic areas
  46. Providing genealogical research.
  47. Planning for school projects.
  48. Developing adult education programs.
  49. Researching historical subject areas
  50. Determining areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans.

United States Census

U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration U.S. CENSUS BUREAU census.gov 


Census 2020 Bureau 


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.

Everyone counts. 

The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place.

It's about fair representation. 

Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.

Article 1 Section 2

It's in the constitution. 

The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790.

It's about $675 billion.

It's about redistricting.

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.

The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data.

That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

Taking part is your civic duty. 

Completing the census is mandatory: it's a way to participate in our democracy and say "I COUNT!"

Count yourself in the right place.

A Resident of a Group Facility For people in the following living situations on April 1, 2020, Census Bureau employees will work with a representative from your building to ensure you are counted. They may or may not ask you to complete an individual census form.

In general, you should count yourself where you live and sleep most of the time. But pay special attention if you are:

A Renter 

Count yourself where you live. Even though you don't own the home, you need to participate. Don't forget your family and roommates.

College dorms

Military barracks

Nursing homes

A College Student

If you don't live in a dorm, count yourself at your off campus address-even if you go to your parents' home for school breaks. This includes international students.

Completing Your Household's Form

When responding, count any children, including newborns, who usually live and sleep at your home--even if they're not your own. If they split time evenly between two households, count them where they are on April 1, 2020.

Group homes


Psychiatric facilities


A Service Member

If you don't live in military barracks-and you aren't deployed or stationed outside the United States, count yourself where you live and sleep most of the time, whether on or off base.

Correctional facilities


A Recent Mover

Count yourself at your new address if you moved in by April 1, 2020.

For more details, visit 2020CENSUS.GOV.