The census determines the strength of our political voice in Lansing and Washington. And more than $675 billion in annual federal funds is allocated to communities across the country based on census numbers. Our community needs its share to provide vital services, such as health care, education and housing, among others. Additionally, many business decisions, such as where to locate or expand, are informed by census data. Information about what's happening here will have a major impact on what happenshere in the future.
For each person counted as part of the 2020 census, about $18,000 is expected to flow into our community for vital services over the next 10 years. That's broken down into $10,000 for health care, $2,600 for nutrition,$2,000 for education and training, $1,600 for housing and family assistance, $1,200 for transit, and $600 for a range of other services. That’s right -- $18,000 for each and every person. The census is a big deal!