What is the census?
The census is a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every 10 years. Not only is the census required by the Constitution, but it’s critically important to communities because census data is used to determine everything from representation in Congress to allocation of federal and state funds. $675 billion will be distributed annually for schools, roads, and other public services, all based on census information. In addition, the demographic data are used by businesses to determine, for example, where to build new supermarkets and by emergency responders to locate injured people after natural disasters
Sources: Thank you to Magan Szwarek, Reference Services Director at the Schaumburg Township District Library, for creating and sharing much of this content, compiled from information available at census.gov and 2020census.gov.