More than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed every year based on information collected through census data. This money is sent to state, county and local governments to support schools, hospitals, roads, public works, housing reconstruction, social services and other benefits to the community. Every person not counted costs Irving, Dallas County and Texas approximately $1,570 in lost federal funding each year.
The results of the 2020 Census will be used to reapportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The information collected in Irving also will be used to redraw state congressional districts, as well as possibly Irving city council districts. For that reason, it is important that every Irving resident be counted.
Starting with the 1790 Census, the U.S. Constitution mandates a census take place every 10 years to ensure fair representation for each state. Federal law requires that every household be counted. Participation is one of the most basic duties of every resident of the United States.
Cities, states, school districts, hospitals and businesses all plan ahead. They use the best information available to decide where to invest resources to meet the current and future demands of their residents and customers. The census is a critical tool for learning about the communities they serve, helping ensure each community’s needs can be met.