Friday, 28 February 2020 15:43

2020 Census: Why is it important?

2020 Census: Why is it important?

$675+ billion in federal public funding
The Census determines how much funding each state receives for the next 10 years.

Pennsylvania receives $26.8 billion each year
That’s $2,000 per Pennsylvanian (per year).


  • The U.S. Constitution requires a census of all residents every 10 years.
  • Every person living in the U.S. is counted once and only once.
  • You are counted based on where you are living on April 1, 2020.
  • Data from the census informs government decisions for 10 years.



Fair representation & legislative redistricting

The Census determines:

  • How many seats PA has in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • How U.S. congressional and state legislative districts are redrawn


Further Reading

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