2020 U.S. Census
Business Depends on an Accurate Census
A thriving 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. Businesses and government rely on it:
- For demographic data about the workforce, customers, and markets.
- To effectively allocate roughly $800 billion in federal resources that help to strengthen the economy including education, workforce development, transportation and housing funding.
- To allocate political representation at the local, state, and national level.
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
ReadyNation has built two free, virtual, bipartisan networks to provide business people with strategic opportunities to support a robust count in 2020.
- The Business for the 2020 Census Task Force is a select group of senior executives supporting a complete count in 2020. Learn more here.
- We also offer a free, private listserv for all business people. There are no obligations, and members choose their level of participation. Learn more and sign-up.
ReadyNation (a project of Council for a Strong America) is a nonprofit, bipartisan business membership organization with 2,300+ members that supports business leaders to promote public policies and programs that build a stronger workforce and economy.
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