Census Data Used to Determine Federal Representation, Funding and More

Feb 26, 2020

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2020 is census year. The census gathers so much more than just population figures. Conducted every 10 years since 1790, our system of government has depended on accurate population counts. It’s in all our best interests to get an accurate count of communities in Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR), and the Economic Alliance urges all businesses to encourage their employees to participate.

Census Day is April 1, so 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 year marks the first time you can respond online, making it easier than ever.

Census Figures are Used by Government, Businesses and Economic Development Organizations

Population count impacts things like federal funding, resource distribution, political representation and business decisions, while also providing valuable statistics about our community.

The U.S. government uses the census count to determine 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.

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.

Local governments and entities use the findings to determine things like bus routes and how to plan for emergencies. 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. These examples and more depict how accurately counting every person is vital to our state’s interests being heard on all levels of government.

Learn more on the census, how it’s gathered and why it’s important on www.2020census.gov.



Category: Public Policy

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