4 Days and Counting for the 2020 Census: 50 ways U.S. Census Data is Used and Why You Should Care
The data gathered from the U.S. census is used for so much more than just counting the number of individuals in the United States. In this blog series we will be exploring 50 ways U.S. Census data is used and why you should care. Believe it or not, the results of the 2020 U.S. Census are going to affect nearly every part of your day to day life. Here's how:
Reasons 31-35: For this blog post we will be focusing on the ways U.S. Census data is used to assist vulnerable groups. Here are ways 31-35 that data from the U.S. census is used and how it affects your world:
31. Designing facilities for people with disabilities the elderly or children: U.S. Census data is used to help design facilities for children, the elderly, or people with disabilities. By knowing the composition of the population, builders can ensure that their facilities are built to be accessible to everyone. This can include accessible parking, wheelchair accessible entrances, lower sinks, braille plaques for the visually impaired, and single-story buildings with no steps or multistory buildings with working and accessible elevators, etc.
32. Planning health and educational services for people with disabilities: using U.S. Census data, officials can plan health and educational services for people with disabilities. They can accomplish this by using U.S. Census data to understand the amount of the population with disabilities and which areas need which forms of accessibility . These services include special educational programs in schools, therapeutic programs, schools for the deaf and or blind, state run living and learning facilities for the disabled, plus many more.
33. Developing assistance programs for American Indians and Alaskan natives: data from the U.S. Census provides information on the populations of American Indians and Alaskan natives. Using this information to assess their needs, assistance programs can be developed as necessary.
34. Directing services to children and adults with limited English language proficiency: The U.S. Census can help determine which populations have limited English language proficiency and assist in directing services to them. This may include translating resources for daily interactions, ESL courses, community outreach programs, and many more.
35. Directing funds for people in poverty: U.S. Census data can help show the percentage of people in poverty and what their needs are. This data is then used to direct funds for people in poverty, allowing assistance to be provided as needed.
Chances are that someone you know and love is part of a vulnerable group, or someone they know and love is part of one. The U.S. Census directly affects their lives, and in turn yours. Take a stand and be counted, both for them and yourself! Complete the 2020 U.S. Census today at 2020Census.gov before time runs out on September 30th!