The 2020 Census is here and Adams County Census liaison Crystal Elliott and I discussed the Census occurring every 10 years, people not participating, census funding that was not received, reaching hard to count populations and more. Crystal went on to talk about how the county is operating on 2010 funding for a 2020 population.
Participation in the Census is important because results from the Census are used to determine how much funding local communities receive for key public services and how many seats each state gets in Congress. State and local officials also use census counts to draw boundaries for congressional, state legislative, and school districts.
The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.