What is a census and why is it important?Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
How the Census Benefits Your Community
The next census is coming in 2020 and its success depends on everyone’s participation. The Census Bureau depends on cross-sector collaborations with organizations and individuals to get people to participate. Some projections estimate that a 1% undercount of the state population would cost Texas $300 million dollars of federal funding per year for the next 10 years. A study conducted by the GW Institute of Public Policy shows that over $1.4 billion is allocated to Texas and over $14 billion nationwide each year for Title I funding for local education agencies to help ensure that children in poverty meet academic standards. The approximate cost to local education institutions for each child in poverty missed in the Census is between $1,100-1,695. The 2020 Census is more than a count. It's an opportunity—to get involved and to help shape the future of your community.
Ways to RespondApril 1, 2020 is National Census Day, and by that date every home will receive an invitation to participate. The Census will be accessible for everyone and you will have three options for responding:
- By phone
- By mail