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Background

Every 10 years the U. S. Census Bureau aims to count the entire population of a country, and at the location where each person usually lives.  The Constitution of the United States mandates the enumeration to determine how to apportion the House of Representatives among the states. The goal is to count everyone once and in the right place.

Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Communities benefit the most when the census counts everyone.

When you respond to the census, you help your community get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and this creates jobs.

Developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.