The Town of Butner is happy to share to residents all the ways that the upcoming 2020 Census matters to you. An accurate census counts the number of people residing in one location at one point in time once every 10 years. The Census was mandated by the Founding Fathers as the way to ensure that citizens are properly represented in the decision-making process and that federal wealth is shared equitably.
The 1940 census records were released by the US National Archives April 2, 2012, and brought online through a partnership with Archives.com. This website allows you full access to the 1940 census images, in addition to 1940 census maps and descriptions.
Interest is starting to pick up about the 2020 Census.
This is a short video you may want to watch if you have questions or are not sure what the Census is all about.
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2020 Census Count Guides Funding of New Roads and Bridges
Next time you’re on your morning commute, merging on to a freeway or crossing a bridge, think of the decennial census.
Your responses to the 2020 Census, which includes every person living in the United States, may help decide when and where roads and bridges will be built in your community.
Many states rely on population numbers from the census taken once every 10 years to allocate revenue from gasoline sales taxes, one of the primary sources of funding for local roads.
Billions of dollars in federal funds (more than $675 billion) are spent annually on critical transportation services in communities across the country, including maintenance and construction of roads and bridges. The decennial census count will inform spending decisions for the next decade.
Among the federal programs tied to census statistics are the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Highway Planning and Construction program and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grants.
The impact of just these two programs is staggering.
To learn more about the impact of the 2020 Census on transportation funding, Continue Reading…