The U.S. Constitution mandates a complete population count every 10 years to apportion seats in the House of Representatives. The state uses it to draw boundaries for every level of government down to the school districts. An accurate census ensures fair and equal representation at all levels.
Federal, state, and local governments rely on census data for planning and delivering education, economic development and employment, transportation and health services. In 2015, Washington received $13.7 billion in federal funds, which amounted to about $1,914 per person.1 In addition, the private and nonprofit sectors use census data in their planning and decision-making processes.
The census process is safe, quick and very important to the future of our state and its communities.
The census is a once-in-a-decade snapshot of who we are. You are an important part of that picture. You count in your neighborhood, county and state … Don’t be left out. Learn more about what you can do at www.ofm.wa.gov/2020census.
1 Source: The George Washington Institute of Public Policy, Counting for Dollars 2020 (using fiscal year 2015 data) and Census-Guided Financial Assistance to Rural America (using fiscal year 2016 data).