Why You Count

About the Count

You and each person living in your household count toward providing hot school lunches for children, medicine for older adults, safer roads for your neighborhood and many more vital services for everyone in your community.

That’s because every 10 years, the United States counts how many people are living here and uses the data to divide up $675 billion in federal funds to support programs in education, healthcare, transportation, park and recreation services and other important local resources.

Getting counted in the census is your opportunity to help your community receive funding for public programs and services. Also, as more people are counted, the more representation your community has in Congress. If the census accurately reflects Arizona’s population growth, our state is expected to gain a seat in the House of Representatives.

The census also gives businesses an idea of who’s living where, so they know where to open new stores or offer services in communities that were previously underserved.

What the Census Means to Me

Census data helps with the allocation of federal funding across 55 programs, including the National School Lunch Program, federal student loan programs, and many more.

For every person counted, from infants to young children to older adults, the State of Arizona receives $2,959 from the federal government. This amount adds up to more than $20 billion annually for Arizona. The more people counted, the more money each community stands to receive.

The United States has counted its population every 10 years since the first census in 1790.

The 2020 Census will be the first year you can fill out your census online. The census website is safe, secure and confidential.

Census By The Numbers

55 Programs

Census data helps with the allocation of federal funding across 55 programs, including the National School Lunch Program, Federal Student Loan programs, and many more.

$2,959 EACH

For every person counted, from infants to young children to older adults, the State of Arizona receives $2,959 from the federal government. This amount adds up to more than $20 billion annually for Arizona. The more people counted, the more money each community stands to receive.

EVERY 10 YEARS

The United States has counted its population every 10 years since the first census in 1790.

FIRST YEAR

The 2020 Census will be the first year you can fill out your census online. The census website is safe, secure and confidential.