2020 Census—What it is and why you should care
Why the Census is so important
The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States. It happens every 10 years. The results decide two important kinds of things that affect us all: the amount of money our city receives and the political power that represents our needs for our communities.
1. Money for our city
- The census affects how much money our city receives to fund our fire departments, our schools, our roads, and other resources that we need.
- So, the more people we count, the more funds our city receives.
2. Political power for our city
- The census also affects how many Congresspeople we get to represent us in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC.
- That’s important because our Congresspeople can keep presidential power in check, by voting to override decisions that the President makes.
- There’s a total of 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Right now, California has 53 seats. If we don’t count everyone in our city, we may LOSE some of those seats. If we do count everyone, we may GAIN some seats.
- So, the more people we count, the more political power will can have.