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. Projections estimate that if only 1% of the state population chooses to not complete their Census, Texas would potentially lose out on $300 million dollars of federal funding. A study conducted by the GW Institute of Public Policy estimated that for every person not counted in the 2010 Census, the City of Lewisville potentially lost $1,161. If just 1000 people (roughly 1% of the population) didn't participate, Lewisville potentially lost access to over $1.1 million dollars. 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