The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The Constitution mandates a census every 10 years.
Why does the census matter to me?
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, libraries, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
Every Marylander not counted costs the state approximately $18,250 over 10 years – this equates to the state losing $26.6 Billion (based on historical U.S. Census undercount).
Why the Census is Important for libraries?
Representation: The decennial count of all U.S. residents is required by the U.S. Constitution to determine representation in Congress and the Electoral College (known as reapportionment). This data is also the basis for drawing districts for federal, state, and local offices (known as redistricting).