Let's Get an Accurate Count in 2020
May 02, 2019
The census gathers so much more than just population figures. The next census will take place in 2020, and it’s in all our best interests to get an accurate count of ICR communities. Our count impacts things like federal funding, resource distribution, business decisions, political representation and business decisions, while also providing valuable statistics about our community.
The census has been conducted every 10 years since 1790. Census data determines how more than $600 billion in annual federal funding is distributed to states and communities for things like infrastructure and roads, health care, schools and more. An accurate count ensures that states and communities get the resources they need to serve residents, including Medicaid and school lunch programs. Local governments and entities use the findings to determine things like bus routes and how to plan for emergencies.
Businesses use census data to make decisions like where to open a business or expand operations. The Economic Alliance relies on census data too, to analyze the health of our business community and help tell the story of our community to the rest of the world.
A state’s political representation at the federal level is impacted by census data, too. Representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and the presidential electoral college election system are both determined by census counts. We have steadily lost a member of Congress over the years due to population decline. In 1910, Iowa had 13 members of Congress representing Iowa’s interests in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today Iowa is only represented by four. Our county’s electoral college system to elect the president is determined by adding the number of Senators each state has - each state has two - with the state’s number of representatives in the U.S. House. That leaves Iowa with six votes in presidential elections. It is easy to see how accurately counting every person is vital to our state’s interests being heard on the federal level.
Census Day is April 1, 2020. By that date, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You'll then have three ways to respond: online, by phone, or by mail. This marks the first time you can respond online, making it easier than ever.
Learn more on the census, how it’s gathered and why it’s important at www.2020census.gov.