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 to what comes next, take a moment and make sure you've been counted in the 2020 Census. The results will help shape the next 10 years—and this is a big decade for you!
Whether you are a high school or college student, your circumstances will determine where you are counted in the 2020 Census:
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.
And don't forget—we're hiring! Boost your resume with a 2020 Census job and help your community get counted in the process.
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—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.
That means, whatever the next decade has in store for you, the census could play a role. Starting a career. Starting a family. Even staying safe in the event of a disaster.
Census results will shape the future for businesses. They will inform planning and funding for hospitals, healthcare programs, and Head Start. And they will help communities stay prepared for emergencies, and whatever else the future may hold.