Based on census data, more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to communities across the United States. In 2016, the state of Missouri received $16 billion in federal funding.
Quality of Life
The federal funding we get is spent on important programs like schools, roads, bridges, hospitals, SNAP, Medicare, Head Start, crime victim assistance, emergency shelter grants, Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program, rural business grants and so much more.
Businesses use census data to decide where to grow and build stores, restaurants, factories and offices. New businesses in our community would mean more jobs for our residents.
The census is used to redraw boundaries for city wards and county districts, as well as congressional and state legislative districts to account for population shifts. Census data is also used to determine how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Filling out the census is safe and easy.
By federal law, your responses cannot be used against you and can only be used to produce statistics. That means your information cannot be shared with anyone, including law enforcement, immigration, tax agencies or landlords.
Easy to Participate
There are three options this year to make responding even easier than previous years. You can respond online, by mail or by phone. Those who don't self-respond will have a U.S. Census Bureau worker visit them to collect information. The census is available in 13 different languages to accommodate the majority of the population.