Why do we conduct this count?

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

Census data is used to distribute more than $675 billion per year for 10 years in federal and state funding for health and human service programs that help local families and individuals in need, including seniors and young people.


An undercount in the 2010 Census cost Broward County approximately $21.1 million per year,

$210,970,000 over the last decade. According to the US Census Bureau, 14,600 residents were not counted. Unfortunately, in 2010, some Broward County communities who needed help the most, had the fewest number of people participate.

Businesses depend upon Census data to make decisions about where to locate, hire and invest.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Florida gained two congressional seats as a result of the 2010 Census. Undercounting results in under-representation.


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1. What is the 2020 Census?
2. Why do we conduct this count?
3. How can I respond?
4. Why count Everyone?
5. Are my answers confidential?
6. What are the adjustments due to COVID-19?