Why is the Census Important?

The data collected from each census are used in many ways. Some examples include :

  • Transportation planning
  • Anticipating needs for hospitals, nursing homes, and health services
  • Attracting and expanding businesses for economic development
  • Drawing school boundaries
  • Establishing fair market rents
  • Emergency response
  • To determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • To inform legislative redistricting at the federal, state, and local levels
  • To distribute federal fund allocations to states, counties, and local communities
  • To provide statistics in support of grant applications
  • To assist communities, such as those in Prince George’s County, in planning for the future