The Census is a snapshot of your community that defines the challenges and opportunities ahead for your nonprofits and the people you serve and engage. 

Every person counted — or not counted — in a community impacts ten years of federal funds, political representation, public infrastructure and private investment.


  • Census data is used to determine allocation of critical funding that nonprofits and those you serve and engage rely on, including:
  • Medicaid and maternal and child health programs
  • Transit programs
  • Public housing assistance
  • Community Development Block Grants
  • Head Start
  • Title I Education funds and grants for special and vocational education

Political Representation

Census numbers are used to determine political boundaries, including:

  • 435 Congressional Districts
  • 1,971 State Senate districts
  • 5,411 State House districts
  • Districts for City Councils, School Committees, County Boards

Public Infrastructure

Governments use census numbers to locate vital public works such as:

  • Schools
  • Health Centers
  • Public Transportation and Highways
  • Affordable Housing


Private Investment

Businesses large and small use census numbers to:

  • Identify new markets
  • Select sites for operations
  • Make investment decisions
  • Determine the goods and services offered