The 2020 Census is right around the corner. The information it collects will have substantial and lasting impacts on the nation’s governance and economy. In particular, data derived from the decennial census are used by the federal and state governments to guide where public funds are allocated. A lot of funds. Census-derived data are used to annually distribute approximately $900 billion to states, counties, cities, and households.
To ensure that each community receives its fair share of federal funds, an accurate 2020 Census is necessary. We studied five key census-guided federal programs important to local communities. While these five programs represent a fraction of total census-guided assistance, their use of census data allows for clear tracking of funds to specific areas.