The Census is used to determine distribution of federal resources to each state. Census data is also used to guide decision making for:
- Where schools, libraries, fire stations, and other public services are located
- Allocation of resources for Medicaid, SNAP, the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, Head Start, and Highway Planning and Construction for the State of South Carolina.
- How many seats are allocated to each state in the US House of Representatives. After the 2010 census, SC gained an additional seat to represent our growing population.
- Data collected during the decennial census is mandated to confidential protection for 72 years. This means data cannot be used to impact any federal benefits a person receives.
View Lt. Governor Pamela Evette’s digital press conference takeaways and updates here.
How much do I count?
How much do I matter?
We only get one chance every ten years to count each and every community member. If 100 people in your community aren’t counted, that represents more than $2.6M in federal resources that will be sent to other states instead of South Carolina over the course of the decade. We want everyone to count – one time – and in the right place!
Due to the coronavirus, the deadline for responding to the Census has been extended to July 31, 2020.
Content from the United Way Association of South Carolina