The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.
The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more. The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.
The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.
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Leverage Resources to Help Your Communities
The Census Bureau offers many resources designed to assist planners in their role of helping to ensure everyone living in your community is represented in the decennial count.
The best source for authoritative information is the official Census Bureau website, which includes technical documentation, data sets, geographic and address program resources, and information designed for the public regarding the 2020 Census and our hundreds of ongoing surveys.
Materials specific to the 2020 Census include promotional content with messaging about this year’s campaign theme “Shape your future.
The Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM) is an online mapping tool that provides demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of all populations at the census tract level, including projected response rates for the 2020 Census. Local committees can use the ROAM to plan outreach efforts for those populations least likely to respond to the census.