Importance of census data

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Created: February 21, 2020 01:53 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.



The census helps distribute the 435 seats in the House of Representatives among the 50 states. Small states get one seat and larger states get more (based on population). An accurate count of the population helps your state get the right amount of seats.

State legislatures or independent bipartisan commissions are responsible for redrawing congressional districts. The U.S. Census Bureau provides states with population counts for this purpose.

Federal funding

The results of the 2020 Census will inform decisions about allocating hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding to communities across the country—for hospitals, fire departments, school lunch programs, and other critical programs and services.

Business decisions

The 2020 Census will be valuable to businesses, as the results will provide a rich set of data on the communities they serve, including population trends and growth projections.

Business owners rely on census results to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, or offices, where to expand operations, where to recruit employees, and which products and services to offer.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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