The United States census takes place every ten years in order to determine how many people live in our country. The statistics provided by this survey are integral in many government assessments and programs therefore it is essential that everyone living in the U.S., regardless of citizenship status, take part. To better understand your impact on the census, it’s important to understand why and how the survey is conducted.
The number of congressional seats as well as electoral votes that each state gets is based on census data. Taking part ensures that Indiana maintains its political power based on population.
Up to $880 billion in federal funding distribution is based on census results. This money is allocated for community improvement, including schools, roads, and other public services. Your involvement in the census will make sure that Indianapolis receives its share of federal funding.
Corporations use demographic data from the census survey to determine where their business is needed. Your community can benefit by ensuring that grocery stores, gas stations, and other retail or service businesses are located nearby.
Local organizations and nonprofits use census data to help refine their purpose and target their resources toward people in the community. To ensure that these organizations can continue providing services, it is important to take part in the census.
How the Census Works
The census is a safe and confidential survey to determine statistical information of the people who live in the United States. It is federal law that this information cannot be shared with anyone, including law enforcement and immigration. Whether or not you are a citizen, your contribution is critical to ensure that accurate data is collected. The census will not ask you about your citizenship status.
It is very easy to complete the survey – you can do so online or by phone or mail. If you do not choose to complete the survey through one of these methods, census workers will begin going door-to-door at the end of April. Your information will still remain confidential – but this will be more time-consuming, so it is recommended that you complete the survey online or by mail prior to the end of April.
Though it only happens once every ten years, the census impacts our communities – nationally as well as locally. You may or may not be a naturalized citizen of the United States but taking part in our census is a way for you to contribute to the resources, funding, and power your community has.