Why We All Count

Responding to the Census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to:

• Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods. The Census gives businesses an idea of who’s living where, so they know where to open new stores.

• Create economic development projects, such as, where to build new facilities, expand existing businesses, build new schools, parks, and roads.

• Determine how many seats Oklahoma is allocated in the house of representatives.

Census data helps determine the allocation of federal funding for 55 federal programs. Each person counted in the Census is worth an estimated $1,675 in federal dollars each year to Oklahoma, which amounts to $16,750 per person counted over the next ten years.

The Census data will also determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds will be distributed to the states throughout the following decade.