Census 2020 Q&A

Posted by Melissa Van Blarcom on 3/27/2020

What is the Census?

The U.S. Census is an important survey that takes place every 10 years. The survey counts every person who lives in the United States and its 5 territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

What is the Census data used for?

1. Funding for schools, hospitals, fire departments, roads, and other community resources.

2. Information for educators, law makers, and business owners to help provide services.

3. Determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.

4. Draw cogressional and state legislative maps. 

Why should I participate?

As a community member, your survey helps our schools and local community agencies receive the financial support we depend on to provide daily services. Children under the age of 5 are one of the most frequently undercounted groups of people. They won't be counted again until ages 10-15, so we will lose potential funding for 10 years for every uncounted child! This funding includes education as well as school lunch. Please complete your survey and make sure every ARSD child counts!