Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities' vital programs - impacting the following:
- Health care
- Public policy
How the Census Benefits Peters Township
- Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
- Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs.
- Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety.
- Real estate developers use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.
What You Should Know About the 2020 Census
- It's About Fair Representation: The results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
- Taking Part Is Your Civic Duty: Completing the census is required; it's a way to participate in our democracy and say "I count!"
- It's About Redistricting: State officials use the results of the Census to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts, adapting to population shifts.
- Everyone Counts: The census counts every living person living in the U.S.
- Your Data Is Confidential: Federal law protects your census responses. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics.