Over the last several months, you have likely been hearing a lot about the 2020 Census count. Beginning this month, the United States Census Bureau will invite households across the country to participate in the 2020 Census.

What is the census?

The census is essentially a head count of every person living in the United States.

Why does it matter?

For so many reasons.

To start, the U.S. Constitution requires a population count every 10 years to ensure the government is accurately representing the people.

Since 1790, the census has determined the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives, making it a cornerstone of our democracy. It is still used to determine representation, and leaders of all kinds, including the chamber, use the data to make decisions, recruit business and industry, and plan for the future of our city.

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