On April 1, 2020 every home in the U.S. will get an invitation to respond or fill out a short questionnaire called a census. It may come by way of email/online, by phone, or mail. What's the hype about the 2020 Census and why is it important to fill it out?

It's a mandated by the Constitution that the U.S. Census Bureau conduct a count of our population every 10-years. Why? The census provides critical data that determines where city officials and state lawmakers will spend billions of federal funds to improve infrastructure, roads, drainage, build hospitals, schools, grocery stores, shopping centers, fire departments and much more.

If you don't fill it out, they will think your community isn't as big as it really is, doesn't need improvement and you and your family will go unaccounted for. In contrast by filling the census out, your letting the government know they need to spend money on living standards and commodities to support the population in your area. According to the Census Bureau, a non-partisan government agency, every year billions of dollars in federal funding go to schools, roads, and other resources based on population data they collect.

By the way, results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. If that's not critical enough, the information is used to draw congressional and state legislative districts as well. The census literally counts every person living in the U.S., as well as the District of Columbia, and five other U.S. territories(Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Get more details below!