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Why an Accurate Census Count Matters

50 ways census data is used
Post Date:01/14/2020 10:32 AM

Starting in mid-March, people will receive a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau and be asked to respond. You'll have opportunity to respond online, by mail, or by phone. Read more about the census and Wauwatosa.

The United States Census is more than a head count. It is a snapshot of our country that determines how congressional seats are apportioned, how state and federal dollars are distributed to local communities like Wauwatosa, and where businesses choose to build new stores or ship products. To do all that properly, the count needs to be accurate.

Here are 50 ways the census data is used:

  1. Decision-making at all levels of government
  2. Reapportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
  3. Drawing federal, state and local legislative districts
  4. Drawing school district boundaries
  5. Budget planning for government at all levels
  6. The distribution of over $300 billion in federal funds and even more in state funds
  7. Spotting trends in the economic well-being of nation
  8. Forecasting future transportation needs for all segments of the population
  9. Planning for public transportation services
  10. Planning for hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and the location of other health services
  11. Planning health and educational services for people with disabilities
  12. Forecasting future housing needs for all segments of the population
  13. Establishing fair market rents and enforcing fair lending practices
  14. Directing funds for services for people in poverty
  15. Directing services to children and adults with limited English language proficiency
  16. Designing public safety strategies
  17. Urban planning
  18. Rural development
  19. Land use planning
  20. Analyzing local trends
  21. Understanding labor supply
  22. Estimating the numbers of people displaced by natural disasters
  23. Assessing the potential for spread of communicable diseases
  24. Developing assistance programs for low-income families
  25. Analyzing military potential
  26. Creating maps to speed emergency services to households in need of assistance
  27. Making business decisions
  28. Delivering goods and services to local markets
  29. Understanding consumer needs
  30. Designing facilities for people with disabilities, the elderly or children
  31. Planning for congregations
  32. Product planning
  33. Locating factory sites and distribution centers
  34. Investment planning and evaluation of financial risk
  35. Setting community goals
  36. Publication of economic and statistical reports about the United States and its people
  37. Standard for creating both public- and private-sector surveys
  38. Scientific research
  39. Comparing progress between different geographic areas
  40. Developing “intelligent” maps for government and business
  41. Genealogical research
  42. Proof of age, relationship or residence (certificates provided by the Census Bureau)
  43. School projects
  44. Medical research
  45. Developing adult education programs
  46. Media planning and research, back up for news stories
  47. Historical research
  48. Evidence in litigation involving land use, voting rights and equal opportunity
  49. Determining areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans
  50. Attracting new businesses to state and local areas

 

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