Be Counted!: A Timeline of the U.S. Census
From the start, the U.S. Constitution has required a count, or census, of our country’s population every 10 years. Today, and for more than 200 years, accurate census information helps shape policies and resources to meet the changing needs of people in communities. Census data determines state and congressional districts as well as the number of congressional seats in a state. Population counts also determine federal spending in communities.
Why is it so important for you and your family to be counted in the Census? An accurate and complete census count helps businesses, researchers and communities make decisions that can affect you. The data helps inform where communities need more funding for local schools, hospitals, highways, fire departments and more. It has an impact on how taxes that you pay are spent in your community. Being counted means being represented — for you and your family.
Plus, the 2020 Census is history-making, and it’s convenient: This year marks the first time you can respond to the Census online, using a computer or mobile device. You can also participate by phone or by mail if you choose. For general information or answers to questions call the Census Bureau Customer Service Center at 1-800-923-8282.