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2020 U.S. Census: Overview

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What is the Census?

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a population count, or census, of every person living in the United States and in the U.S. territories, as required by the U.S. Constitution. Not only does the census count people, it also collects information on where they live to provide accurate population numbers for counties, states, and municipalities like Fort Lauderdale. The 2020 U.S. Census is officially underway. The video below provides a basic overview of what the 2020 Census is about.

Why the Census is Important

The first census was conducted in 1790. Since that time, a census has been conducted every 10 years to collect basic information about the people living in our households. The data collected is used for statistical purposes only, and the information collected is used to help: 

  • Guide how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year.
  • Determine how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, fire departments, and roads.        
  • Communities plan bus routes, draw school district boundaries, offer community services, plan new homes, and improve neighborhoods.
  • Businesses decide where to put stores, offices, or plants to create jobs, support the economy, and to decide what to sell in stores so communities get what they need.
  • Redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts, as well as school and voting districts.
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