What information is collected in a census and how does it benefit us?
The 2020 Census has launched it’s first major field operation this month. The count will officially start in Toksook Bay, Alaska in January. Residents will be able to complete the census in a variety of ways (face-to-face interviews, online, by phone, and by paper).
The first census in 1790 was directed by Thomas Jefferson, and has been conducted every 10 years thereafter as required by the U.S. Constitution. In 1903 the Census Office became a permanent part of the new Department of Commerce and Labor.
Census numbers will be used to determine how many seats each State will hold in Congress. The count will also be used to calculate how to equitably split more than $675 billion in Federal funds that are distributed back to the states and communities for health care, jobs, schools, roads, and business.
Find out all kinds of information about your community, economics, and trends at https://www.census.gov!
But there is much more to this gigantic numerical collection process. The Census is charged with finding our information about the population, places, and the economy. This information helps identify and analyze trends and is used in many ways by many companies, government entities, and non-profit organizations. For instance, Census numbers can inform cities of new roads, schools, job training centers, elderly care, and emergency services.
For instance, you can find out the total population, how many are with a potential workforce age, average cost of a home, average income, average education, etc. It is then possible to compare all those numbers over time. For instance, the Census is looking at measuring E-Commerce. By looking at the quarterly results one can see sales for online shopping gradually increasing.
 U.S. Census Bureau Announces the Start of First Major Field Operation for 2020 Census, https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2019/ad-can-launch.html
To find out more about the Census, go to: https://www.census.gov.
To verify a legitimate contact go to: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/surveyhelp.html
Quick facts - census preliminary facts, https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/US/PST045218
Overview: About the Census, U.S. Census Bureau at a Glance, https://www.census.gov/about/what/census-at-a-glance.html#mission
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