Why does the Census matter?

  • 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 goes to various states. (See the report here.)
  • Census 2020 in Minnesota: This set of slides from the Minnesota State Demographic Center provides more information about how the census works and its implications for Minnesota. (See the slides here.)
  • Mapping Historically Undercounted Communities: This interactive map allows users to search for and identify census tracts in their area that have been historically undercounted. It’s a project of CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research, CUNY Graduate Center. (See map here.)
  • Census Data Used in Economic and Community Development: This report explains the different ways the Census gets used: 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; and residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy. (See report here.)

… 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!!