How does the Census affect me?

The Census affects you, your family, and your entire community. The data helps decision makers understand how your community is changing so they can plan for future needs.

Each state receives federal funds for community investment. If you live, work, or spend time in Prince George’s County, you benefit from those investments.

When investments are made in factories, homes, business offices, stores, or neighborhood revitalization projects, the community benefits from not just the project, but also job creation and the flow of money into the local economy. 

The community benefits from building and maintaining schools, hospitals, transportation infrastructure, public safety, and emergency preparedness initiatives.

In the study, titled Counting for Dollars 2020: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds, the per capita totals across 16 programs that were examined had a national average of $1,850 (US). Maryland was very close to the National average with a total of $1,825 (US). Although this total does not indicate the amount by which federal funding increases for each additional person counted, it does give a sense of the magnitude of federal funding associated with the population. Open an interactive map of the Counting for Dollars data. Census 2020: Why We Ask: We ask for names and phone numbers to track data, it is not shared. 


Jordan Baucum Colbert
Census 2020 Project Coordinator
Prince George's County, MD
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