Why the Census is important

Leslie Diaz-Guerrero, Journalist

86-365 Census Day

Have you ever wondered how the United States population is counted or how and where this accurate data comes from. All the information regarding the population all around our country comes all from the Census. Census 2020 is a survey in which you answer questions about your home and then is tooken to be counted later on. 

The Census was originally started in 1790 and occurs every 10 years. This survey is here to specifically account every person that lives in the United States of America and more. Completing this form would come every tenth year, around the months of March and April. There is something different about this year’s census compared to the past ones, this year you could complete it electronically on any device you have instead of completing it on a paper form.

The 2020 population numbers will shape how political power and federal tax dollars are shared in the U.S over the next 10 years”

— Npr.com

Many people think that the Census has no point or value to it, but it may be more valuable information than they thought. The Census isn’t just to account for the Population of the U.S but is also here to help give data for other important things. The data helps determine the number of seats in The House of Representatives. This is because the constitution provides for proportional representation with a ratio of people to seats and the number of population is necessary for this. The census also provides data  that is used to make decisions about how money is allocated to certain areas like schools, roads and etc. 

“Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals. Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods”, said by the Census Bureau.

Many people have thought constitutional requirements like these are not worth it or even necessary. That’s why it’s up everyone to educate themselves about stuff like this.  The fact that it contributes data makes it necessary for information to be as accurate as possible. That’s why everyone filling the form is an important part of this overall.

After reading this do you think the Census 2020 is important?

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