What's at Stake?
Census data are used to:
Distribution of Federal Funds
The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants, and support to communities are based on census data. Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program, Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS, the Emergency Solutions Grant, the Hamilton County WIC Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Programs are examples are federally funded programs in Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
The results of the Census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state receives and where those seats are allocated.
Following the Census, state officials redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts to account for population shifts.
For an overview of the 2020 Census, check out the U.S. Census Bureau’s the 2020 Census at a Glance.