The Census Counts: Why Your Participation Matters | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

The Census Counts: Why Your Participation Matters

Once every ten years, the government counts every person living in the United States. It’s more than a bureaucratic exercise—our democracy requires it. Our forefathers thought it so vital, they wrote it into the Constitution. In fact, participating in the Census may be the single most important thing you can do to help the future of your community. Here are just a few of the reasons to fill out your Census form today.


Why the 2020 Census is so important
The Census generates an accurate tally of our entire population and where we all live. This information has more impact than you might think. It affects a huge portion of our daily lives.

  • Census results determine how many Congressional representatives your state gets and how many state lawmakers your community gets. You must be counted to make your voice heard.
  • Census data is used to distribute federal funds. In 2015, 132 programs used Census results to allocate over $675 billion in federal funds, for such things as education programs, housing assistance, public transportation, highway construction, health care, job training, national parks and more.
  • State and local governments use Census data to allocate funds for fire and police stations, new schools, libraries and the construction and repair of roads and bridges.
  • Community organizations use Census data to develop services like senior meal and child care programs.
  • Businesses use Census data to decide where to locate factories, shopping centers and offices.
  • Health care providers, health insurance companies and government agencies use Census data to make decision regarding the services and products they provide to meet community needs.


What you should do
Visit and report every person living in your household as of April 1. If you don’t have your code, you can enter your home address. It’s easy and only takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Your answers are strictly confidential and only used to create statistics about the country. There are no questions about citizenship status: everyone counts, citizen and non-citizen alike. By law, your information can’t be shared with law enforcement or impact your eligibility for government benefits.