Mandated by the U.S. Constitution the United States has counted its population once every 10 years since 1790. The census is used by officials from the Federal level on down to local municipalities to determine how billions of dollars are spent on many aspects of our communities including health clinics, fire departments, schools and even roads and highways. The results also determine how many seats in Congress each state gets and sets Federal funding levels for the next ten years.
You can explore some of the questions that will be asked on the 2020 form by clicking here.
The data is important, according to The Census Bureau, because it helps shape a picture of who we are as a country, who we are and where we live.
Some facts discovered from the 2010 Census:
- Nevada was the fastest-growing state between 2000 and 2010
- The overall population of the United States grew 9.7 percent, jumping from 281,421,906 to 308,745,538
- Women made up 50.8 percent of the population in 2010
- The male population grew at a slightly faster rate (9.9 percent) than the female population (9.5 percent) in the decade between 2000 and 2010
Some crazy facts from past censuses:
- In 1790, there were 13 states and the U.S. Resident Population was 3,929,214
- In 1790, The Census Bureau Director was Thomas Jefferson
- 100 years later, in 1890, the U.S. Resident Population grew to 62,979,766 and there were 42 states
- In 1990, U.S. Resident Population was at 248,709,873
- In 1790, there were 650 estimated enumerators and by 2010 there were about 635,000
- The population per square mile of land area in the U.S. was 87.4 in 2010 but in 1790 that number was only 4.5
Long Islanders completing the census will help ensure Long Island gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion in annual federal funding to local communities and influence economic development by helping businesses conduct market analyses to drive private sector investment decisions. Media outlets, academics, and scientists use the census to help with their research and reporting.
The 2020 Census will ask questions that aim to capture information about every person living in the United States, regardless of citizenship status. Every household on Long Island will receive a letter inviting them to fill out the Census online by April 1, 2020. People can fill out their census form online, by phone and respond by mail. Census representatives will canvass communities over to summer to ensure as many households particulate as possible.
To apply to become a Census Representative click here.
The counting efforts conclude in August of 2020 and the final count of the Long Island population is due on December 31, 2020.