The Importance Of The U.S. Census


The United States Census happens once every 10 years, and provides valuable information that represents the people of our nation justly. This year, the Census will take place on April 1st. Photo provided by Rhinelander Star Journal

James Rhoten, Organizational Editor

According to Article 1, Section 2 in the United States’ Constitution, a Census must take place every 10 years. The Census has been around since 1790, and has happened every ten years since then. With 2020 being the start of a new decade, it’s once again time for the U.S. Census. Even though some may not understand the purpose, the Census is very important to society for many different reasons.


The Census is not just a count of everyone living in the United States. According to, the count determines how many seats each state has in the House of Representatives. says, “They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.”


The Census is also used to determine government funding and community planning. says, “Being counted in the Census affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future, and your representation in government.”


Business owners also benefit from the Census, as it informs them where they should set up shops and where to take their businesses. says, “Business owners rely on census results to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, or offices, where to expand operations, where to recruit employees, and which products and services to offer.”


Since the Census is nation wide, the government is temporarily employing people to help count for the Census. So, those who are looking for extra money can get a temporary job for the Census.


The results from the Census also allow the government to know which places would need the most aid in a time of crisis. The more people living in a city, the more help they would need. says, “First responders and disaster recovery personnel use census data to help identify where and how much help is needed.”


The Census is very important for the U.S., as our nation will use this data for the next ten years for many varying reasons. We need everyone to participate so our country can have the most accurate data, and be ready for anything that 2020 will bring to the United States of America.