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6 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 26-30: For this blog post we will be focusing on the ways U.S. Census data is used in the research and adult education fields. Here are ways 26-30 that data from the U.S. census is used and how it affects your world:

26. Distributing medical research: researchers can use data from the U.S. Census to complete and distribute medical research. This can be seen in many different ways. One such way is the research and analysis of the areas and populations most at risk for COVID-19. Another way is tracking which areas are more likely to be impacted from different health risks such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

27. Facilitating scientific research: U.S. Census data is used as a resource for scientific research. Accurate data is essential for accurate research and accurate true results. If the data is wrong, the entire research program will be thrown off.

28. Providing genealogical research: U.S. Census data has been collected and stored since 1790. This data can be used to track ancestors through the centuries and find out how they came to be there, providing a genealogical tree for those who are interested.

29. Researching historical subject areas: with over 200 years of records U.S. Census data can be used to research historical subject areas. These areas can span various subjects, such as looking at population shift at West during the gold rush or looking at home ownership and income differences between the roaring 20s and the Great Depression.

30. Developing adult education programs: the data from the U.S. Census can be used to develop adult education programs. This can include programs for the pursuit of GED's, higher education, research opportunities, and just making additional educational programs available to adults.

U.S. Census data is used for many forms of research and education. From providing information from the past to facilitating research in the present to predicting population needs in the future, the U.S. Census is used. The data from the 2020 U.S. Census will shape the scientific and educational world around you. Stand up and be counted: shape your world by filling out the 2020 U.S. Census at 2020Census.gov today! Hurry before it ends on September 30th!


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