What is the Census?
When we all answer the Census, our needs are heard.
The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years.
Most people do not realize how important an accurate census is to receive Federal, State, and grant funding for many local projects. The information the census collects helps to determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on local infrastructure and services like:
- Job Training Centers
- Senior Centers
- Bridges, Tunnels, and Other-Public Works Projects
- Emergency Services
The data collected by the census also help determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. For the first time in its history, the State of California may be in jeopardy of losing a seat in Congress without an accurate census count! Census data are also used to define legislature districts, supervisor districts, and school districts assignment areas.
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