Why the Census Matters

Counting for Dollars 2020

  •  This document from the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy provides a detailed list of the programs which receive funding based on census counts, including how much money comes to Virginia for each program.  (Find other state’s reports here.)

Apportioned Representation in Government 

Let’s let the founding fathers explain…


Census Data Used in Economic and Community Development

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.” 


… and it doesn’t just affect representation or communities for a month or a year … it affects these aspects of life for the next 10 years!!