Why do I need to participate in the U.S. Census?

Do you know that every single person in the United States has a say in how the country is run?

It is not only about voting during election time.

More importantly, it is about being counted in the U.S. Census.

Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau takes a count of every person living in this country, and the five U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In politics, the results of the census help decide the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. The results also help draw congressional and state legislative districts.

On a day-to-day basis, the results of the census help states and cities decide how to distribute resources to communities. Lawmakers, businesses, social service organizations also use the results of the census to help decide how to provide supports to communities, and how to fund hospitals, fire departments, roads and other important aspects of our everyday life. With data collected through the census, hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed to programs such as Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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