"Just like we can’t survive without roads and bridges, the country doesn’t function well without an updated Census to distribute funds to areas that most need them and to support community decisions about their own future."
– Robert M. Groves, Director of the United States Census Bureau
The United States Constitution dictates that a Census must be conducted every 10 years. The results of the Census are used to determine representation in the United States Congress. Depending upon how population figures change, a state may, based on Census results, either gain or lose seats in the United States House of Representatives.
Census data is also utilized to determine how -- and where -- approximately $400 billion dollars in federal funds are spent each year on infrastructure and services such as:
Job training centers
Bridges, tunnels and other public works projects
Each of us being counted "counts" with regard to our community's capacity to compete for these federal funds. As the Census Bureau notes on its 2010 Census Web site, "When you do the math, it's easy to see what an accurate count of residents can do for your community. Better infrastructure. More services. A brighter tomorrow for everyone."
CLICK HERE for more about the Constitutional guidelines regarding the Census and the history of the Census.
CLICK HERE for more information on how the national Census can play a role in the quality of life in your local community.
CLICK HERE for more general information about why being counted in the Census "counts."