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Insight: Shape your Future. START HERE

By Mallory Bateman

The Census Bureau took another step into 2020 Census season today with the release of the tagline “Shape your future. START HERE.” This provides us the perfect opportunity to consider what the Census is and why it is important. 

If you have about six and a half minutes, we have put together the video to walk you through these topics. If you don’t have that much time, here are some of the highlights:

Since 2010 Census, Utah’s population has surpassed 3 million people, gotten older, and become more diverse racially and ethnically. In order to gain a better understanding of our population, we need a complete count in the 2020 Census. A complete count in 2020 is the bedrock of being able to plan for the next decade. If the 2020 Census is not accurate, we have to wait until 2030 to fix those errors.

What is the census?

The decennial census is a constitutionally mandated count of the entire population and housing units. As per the constitution, this count occurs once every decade. The goal of the decennial census is to count every person once, only once, and in the right place.

What is the point of the census?

The constitutional reason for the decennial census is for apportionment of congressional representation for each state. However, this is not the only reason the decennial census is important.

Why is the 2020 Census important?

This document from the Census Bureau highlights 50 ways that decennial census data are used. The three main areas of focus are:

  • Representation
    • The counts are used for national representation, but are al