How an Accurate Census Count Can Help Our Rural Communities

An accurate census count in rural communities across America supports funding for numerous vital programs.

It’s essential to count everyone in every household of your community.

The census count determines the level of federal funds for more than 55 programs serving rural communities across the U.S. and its territories. These programs include agriculture, school lunches, highway construction, and education.

For the next ten years, our 2020 census data will also direct billions of dollars in federal funding. These funds will go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other essential services. Subsequently, an undercount of households will result in a loss of funds and programs.

The census count determines our number of congressional representatives

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. Accordingly, an undercount of households threatens the loss of a congressional seat in Central Illinois.

As a result of population changes between 2000 and 2010, eight states gained seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Conversely, ten others lost representation.

The census count also determines funds in the following areas:

Health Care

Census results affect planning and funding for healthcare. These funds are for programs such as Medicaid and Medicare Part B. They also fund the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.

Education

Census results affect planning and funding for education. These funds are for programs such as Head Start, Pell Grants, school lunches, and rural schools. They also fund adult education and grants for preschool special education.

Infrastructure

Census results affect planning and funding for infrastructure. The funds are for programs such as highway planning and construction, Section 8 housing, and federal transit. They also fund community development and rural water and waste disposal systems.

Employment & Training

Census results affect planning and funding for employment and training. These funds go to programs for vocational rehabilitation state grants and dislocated workers.

Where to Expand Businesses & Services

The census provides critical data for lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others. They can use this data to deliver daily services, products, and support for you and your community.

Business owners rely on census results to make critical decisions. For example, where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, and offices. Also, where to expand operations, where to recruit employees, and which products and services to offer.

We need YOU for an accurate census count to help our communities

Let’s make sure we get every dollar we deserve in Moultrie County. It takes less than 15 minutes to complete the 2020 Census. You can shape your future and your community by taking the time to participate in the 2020 Census count now!

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