Census data is used to allocate billions of dollars in federal funding for education, health, transportation, housing, community services, and job training. Moreover, businesses and industries decide where to locate new facilities and services based on census data, creating new jobs and promoting economic growth.
An accurate census count, or lack thereof, has a lasting effect on counties, particularly when it comes to the distribution of federal funds. An under-counted population may lead to a significant decline in federal funding flowing to the State and its local jurisdictions.
April 1 was Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census—not a deadline, and there was no better time to remind households that responding to the 2020 Census is convenient, confidential and critical. Maryland’s counties took to Twitter to promote Census Day and remind residents to get counted!