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This Guide will provide some basic information on how Census information is used and resources to learn more


Being counted in the census gives a snapshot of your community that is important for the funding of education; building roads, hospitals, and libraries; providing housing and food to those in need; preparing for emergencies; creating jobs, and much more. Learn how easy completing the census is and why it matters using this guide. 

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Short video from the NBC Stay Tuned series with information on history, methodology and uses of the census 

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Q: What is the U.S. census?
A: Mandated by the Constitution, the census counts every resident once every 10 years in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories

Q: How long does it take to complete the census online? 
A: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the online census form takes about 10 minutes to complete 

Q: How is the information taken by the U.S. census used? 
A:  The census determines congressional representation and federal funding, affecting individual communities for the next decade







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