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2020 Census Preparation

Every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census of the population in the United States. The Decennial Census began in 1790 and is mandated by Article I, section 2 of the Constitution.  The data collected by the decennial census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distrubute billions in federal funds to local communities.
Each census involves years of planning to ensure a successful and complete count. With the 2020 Census approaching, the U.S. Census Bureau is actively engaged in the planning for the 2020 Census and this planning process includes the need for input and information from state and local governments. This page includes details on the 2020 Census planning activities, resources, and training opportunities for local governments and the interested public.

Reasons to participate in Census 2020


Nearly $600 billion dollars of federal funds are allocated each year to local communities based upon the census and annual population estimated.  In North Dakota that works out to over $1,900 per resident per year.
    Everything from roads to community centers to ambulance services are developed using data collected in the census.     Census data is used by businesses to identify their target customers, potential work staffs and optimum business locations.

Participant Statistical Areas Program PSAP is a one time opportunity for local governments to suggest boundaries for small geographies for data publication throughout the decade.

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