The United States Census has been active since the first count in 1790. The Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.
This year will be the twenty-fourth United States Census. The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online, due to Covid. It has also been pushed back from April 1st, its normal deadline date, to September 30th.
Why is it important? The Census’ data determines where billions of dollars in federal funding go to. This could include businesses such as schools, hospitals, fire departments, roads, and many others that distribute products and support for you and your community. Getting an accurate count will help in the determination of how much money is distributed into each community. The results of the Census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.