Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau undertakes a mammoth task: Counting all the people residing in the United States. For such a large undertaking, many may ask, “Why is this so important?” and wonder “How does the 2020 Census affect them?”
Simply put, this count affects the allocation of federal funding for our state’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools). It affects how we plan for the future, and our voice in government, specifically determining how many seats in Congress we get as a state. A census that is as accurate as possible allows us to show the government a snapshot of our population and what they may need. The opposite is also true. A Census that is inaccurate – i.e. one that doesn’t account for as many people as possible – will show the government that it doesn’t need to devote as much assistance to our state, hurting all of us that live here.
Mississippi has a lot of potential and Mississippians deserve all the resources in order to tap into that potential. Better healthcare, a better education system and a safer community. It all starts with your participation in the 2020 Census.
That’s why we stress how important the Mississippi Census is! Learn more about the importance of being counted and how the US Census 2020 affects you at 2020census.gov.