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Business for the 2020 Census

2020 U.S. Census

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Business Depends on an Accurate Census

A data-driven economy relies on timely information about the U.S. population and how it is shifting and changing throughout the country. The decennial census provides the broadest set of data about residents in the United States that no other body produces.

  • Driving Successful Businesses: Census data is critical for helping companies determine where to open a new store, where quality employees are located, and what services and products to offer. Without census information, businesses would be left guessing.

  • Investing in a Strong Economy: Census data is used to effectively allocate roughly $800 billion in federal resources that help to strengthen the economy, including education, workforce development, transportation and housing funding.

  • Political Representation: Information from the census is used to allocate political representation at the local, state and national levels.

Learn more about the importance of the census for business here.

Hurdles to a Complete Count in 2020

The next count of all residents in the United States happens in 2020, and for the first time, the US Census Bureau will offer an online census form, to reduce costs. Despite the opportunities this presents, several hurdles threaten the accuracy of the next decennial count including adequate federal funding and the ability to reach traditionally hard-to-count communities including young children, rural households and minority communities.

Business Leaders Can Help

Businesses can help achieve a complete 2020 Census by encouraging their employees and/or customers to complete their questionnaires next year. Below are materials, social media graphics and toolkits to help you contribute to a strong count. MORE COMING SOON.

You can also join our free, private Business for the 2020 Census email network to receive updates and new resources as they become available. There are no dues and no obligations.

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