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Five Ways the Census Can Shape the Future for 2020 Grads

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! From finding a job to continuing your education, here's how the 2020 Census can shape your next decade.


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!

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Continuing Your Education

Every year, Pell Grants make it possible for millions of students to continue their education beyond high school.

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.

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Finding a Job

Are you searching for a job? Starting your own business?

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.

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Heading In to Work

Once you've got the job, you'll eventually have to commute to work. Census results can help you get there.

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.

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Moving Into Your New Home

For many, starting a new chapter will mean eventually finding a new address.

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.

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Planning for the Future

The results of the 2020 Census will impact the next 10 years.

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.

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Now that the 2020 count is complete, stay up to date on the final results by signing up for email updates.

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