Graduations may look a little different this year, but whether you're finishing college or wrapping up high school, you have still reached a major milestone.
As you look ahead, you'll see that the 2020 Census can have a major impact on what comes next. The results of the census will help shape the next 10 years—and this is a big decade for you!
The federal government uses census data to help plan billions in funding for the Federal Pell Grant Program. These need-based grants help students pursue undergraduate degrees, teaching certifications, and certificates in fields such as cosmetology.
Businesses rely on census data to make critical decisions throughout the year. And that data is more important than ever, shedding light on where to open new locations, what products to sell, and where to hire more workers. As you choose your career, census data can help with that too.
The data from the 2020 Census will help communities make transportation plans, including roads, bus routes, and subway lines. In fact, census results help federal lawmakers decide how to allocate billions of dollars for highway planning and construction, plus millions more for planning metropolitan transit.
As of October, 2019, the average travel time to work in the United States is 27.1 minutes.
That's 54 minutes a day commuting - 4 1/2 hours a week, and about 233 a year.
... That's 54 minutes a day commuting—271 minutes a week, and about 14,000 a year.
Wherever your new home is, that community has been shaped by the census. Community leaders use census results to plan for housing, clinics, fire departments, roads and schools, and more.
Starting a career. Starting a family. Even staying safe in the event of a disaster. Whatever the next decade has in store for you, the census could play a role.
Census results will shape the future for businesses. They will inform planning and funding for hospitals, health care programs, and Head Start. And they will help communities stay prepared for emergencies and whatever else the future may hold.