Every 10 years, a census is taken of every person living in the United States, as required by the Constitution. Although it’s meant to be a simple process, people sometimes feel intimidated, confused, or even frightened. They may not provide accurate information-or any information at all.
It’s important for everyone to be counted in the census, including historically undercounted populations: children, minorities, immigrants (documented or undocumented), and people experiencing poverty or homelessness.
Why is it critical that everyone be counted? For one thing, census data is used for funding decisions. More than $675 billion in federal money is distributed nationwide based on census data. Without an accurate population count, our community will lose essential funding for schools, libraries, hospitals, roads, and other vital resources.