What exactly are the benefits of the Census? For one, the billions of federal dollars that flow into our state every year — for road construction projects, crime-victim assistance, schools and more — are based on population data gathered in the decennial Census. Over $2,000 in federal funds are lost annually for every person in Kentucky that isn’t counted. So, if a family of five is not counted during the Census that’s $2,000 annually per person for 10 years or $100,000 of funding Frankfort will be missing out on.
Here are other ways that Census data are used:
- Decision making at all levels of government
- Drawing federal, state, and local legislative districts
- Attracting new businesses to state and local areas
- Forecasting future transportation needs for all segments of the population
- Planning for hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and the location of other health services
- Forecasting future housing needs for all segments of the population
- Directing funds for services for people in poverty
You are probably wondering when you can complete your census questionnaire. In March 2020 you will receive a notification in the mail from the Census Bureau with information on how to get counted. For the first time ever you’ll be able to fill out your census form online!
You should know that the Census Bureau is required by law to keep your information confidential. All responses provided on the 2020 Census questionnaire or to a Census Bureau employee are confidential and protected under federal law. The results gathered from the census are reported in statistical summary format only.
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. If you are interested in earning some extra income while helping out your community, visit 2020census.gov/jobs for more information.