The U.S. Census is required under the U.S. Constitution to occur every 10 years and is the process of counting every resident in the country. For the first time ever, in 2020 the Census will be primarily digitally based. LWV Philly is proud to share out the resources developed by Philly Counts 2020 to encourage participation in and understanding of the 2020 Census.
The U.S. Census data is used to make decisions around education, healthcare, infrastructure, and political representation. With increased growth in the country, getting an accurate and complete count of every person living within is crucial to ensure that each state receives funding to support the number of residents in each state. This Census the focus continues to be on reaching hard to count communities and ensuring these communities get included in the Census count (source: LWVUS).
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Capturing a snapshot of America
Everyone counts! The U.S. Census is our nation’s chance each decade to its population. We count every PERSON living in the U.S., regardless of citizenship, on April 1, 2020.
Earning your state $20,000 over the next decade.
The census provides your state with a decade worth of funding for new hospitals, schools, and roads. It also shapes the number of political districts in Washington and your state capital.
Your responses are safe, secure, and will never be used against you. The census is available in 12 languages (both online and over the phone) to help anyone and everyone in the United States voice their presence. Learn what you will be asked, what you won’t be asked, and how to avoid scams.