What is the Census?
Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
Ultimately, the success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. The Census Bureau depends on cross-sector collaborations with organizations and individuals to get people to participate.
The 2020 Census is important for you and your community, and you can help. Learn more through the following links:
How does the Census benefit Penn Township?
use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs.
officials use the census to ensure public safety.
Real estate developers
use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.
Join the 2020 Census Team!
In advance of the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people for temporary jobs across the country.
Temporary census positions offer the perfect opportunity to earn extra income, while at the same time, helping your community.
The Census website provides details about the available positions, including what you’ll need to apply and a timeline for the hiring process.
What should I know about the 2020 Census?
It’s about fair representation
The results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
Taking part is your civic duty
Completing the census is required; it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I count!”
It’s about redistricting
State officials use the results of the Census to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts, adapting to population shifts.
The census counts every living person living in the U.S.
Your data are confidential
Federal law protects your census responses. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics.