The results of the 2020 Census will help communities plan for the future. And they will shape how hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding are distributed across the country—for business development, rural education, and much more.
Here's a closer look at our country's smaller towns and cities—what the 2010 Census revealed and how the 2020 Census can help shape the next 10 years.
"When residents live in an area that's more rural than urban, they are trying to make decisions like how to build schools, what services need to be offered," said Mary Craigle, Chief of the Research and Information Services Bureau at the Montana Department of Commerce.
"Really, the only source of data that we have is U.S. Census Bureau data. The census is the one chance to get that really great information for rural America."
The 2020 Census will help update that picture, illustrating the number of children across the country, and where exactly they are living. These results can make a direct impact on children's lives, shaping resources for health insurance programs, hospitals, child care, food assistance, schools, and early childhood development programs.