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Counting our community – What you need to know about the 2020 census

The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade we take a count – or census – of America’s population. The U.S. Census Bureau is responsible for conducting the decennial census. The Census Bureau collects data on the peoples, places and economies of the communities within the U.S. This data is held in confidentiality and is used in figuring the allocation of more than $675 billion of federal funding to states and communities.

How else is census data used?

  • It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries. Redistricting counts are sent to the states by March 31, 2021.
  • Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools and emergency services.
  • Businesses use census data to determine where to open new locations.
  • The 2020 census will showcase new technologies and strategies. For the first time, you will be able to respond online, by phone, as well as by mail. By utilizing existing data, the Census Bureau expects to reduce follow-up visits, build accurate address lists, and automate some field operations while keeping your information confidential and safe.

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