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Why the Young and Mobile Should Care About the Census

The 2020 Census will be the first census that young adults have a chance to respond to on their own. It’s important for young adults to participate because their answers will help shape their futures. The count will determine how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives. It will also inform the distribution of billions of dollars a year in federal funding for public programs that many young adults value, including pedestrian-friendly urban development and public transit.

Among other things, local, state and federal policymakers use census responses to decide how to award federal transit grants. Census statistics also inform funding for Pell Grants — the federal student-aid program many low-income young adults rely on to finance their higher education. More than 7.5 million students without a bachelor’s degree were projected to receive the grants in fiscal year 2018, according to the Congressional Budget Office. And these young adults won’t be young forever. By the next census in 2030, more may be married, have children, and be settled in a community. That’s why they should care about the federal funding for schools, firehouses, local parks and education programs for their children.

Communities Depend on Young and Mobile Responses The census tracts most heavily populated by young and mobile adults are largely concentrated close to the coasts, most of them east of the Mississippi River, according to the Census Bureau. The more the state of Georgia is undercounted, and the more Liberty County is undercounted, the less federal investment there is and the less desirable our area will be. If you want to see changes in businesses, entertainment, hospitals, schools, and more, then start with the 2020 Census.

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