Why getting counted matters
You’ve likely heard of the Census, but you might not know why it’s important to participate.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many changes to our everyday lives, but participating in the census, which only happens once every 10 years, is more important than ever to many organizations, including school districts like U-46.
A census counts every individual living in the United States. Every individual includes babies and children, and those who are citizens, residents, and undocumented immigrants.
The data collected by the Census is then used for a variety of important purposes, including:
- To determine how many representatives each state gets in Congress.
- To plan for new roads, schools and health clinics.
- To secure funding for hospitals, fire departments, and other emergency services.
- To determine how billions of dollars in federal funding gets distributed to states, communities, federal programs, and individual households and organizations.
When you reply to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are only used to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau and its employees are bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
As of mid-June, 2020, more than 61 percent of U.S. households have completed their Census survey. Our U-46 communities show at least a 70 percent participation rate. Households who have not responded yet are still able to respond online, by phone, or by mail. You can learn much more on the Census 2020 website.