Once a decade, America comes together to participate in the decennial census, creating national awareness of the census and statistics. This census provides the basis for reapportioning Congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing billions of dollars in federal funding to support your state, county, and community’s vital programs.
The Census Bureau collects information through the decennial census, the American Community Survey, the economic census, and many other surveys. Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. People in your community use Census Bureau data in all kinds of ways, such as these:
Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
Businesses use the data to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs.
Local government officials use the data to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals.
Community planners and city planners use the data to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.