Census 2020

Provides resources on the 2020 Census for students and the community

North Dakota Census 2020

Why it Matters

"Governments at all levels, private sector business, non-profit groups and private citizens use census count every day to make choices in determining everything from where to build a bridge across a river to where the best place is to open a daycare. Census counts and the associated socio-economic statistics are a cornerstone of virtually all well-conceived public and private business plans. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Businesses use census data to decide where to build plants, offices and stores, and create associated jobs. Developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods." -North Dakota Census 2020

"It is easy to understand the importance of the census when you look at the financial figures. In fiscal year 2015, $1.45 billion in federal funds were allocated to programs in North Dakota based upon resident count from Census 2010 and subsequent annual population estimates. These programs include: Medicaid, highway construction, Head Start, Foster Care, SNAP, Low Income Energy Assistance, Special Education and other programs. That means approximately $1,910 in federal funds per resident was spent that year. Of all the statistics we live with, the census count is one of the longest-lasting as the census occurs only once every 10 years." - North Dakota Census 2020