Census data provides us with a snapshot of our communities. It tells us who our neighbors are, where communities are growing and where residents need critical services like schools, hospitals or police. It also helps us tap into federal funding to make those resources available.
As one of the fastest growing states in the nation, Utah needs an accurate census count to ensure it’s prepared to address the challenges of growth.
Census results will affect Utah in three major ways:
- Fair Representation: Census data is used to determine how many seats Utah has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Utah is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation, as our population grows we’re entitled to more representation in Congress.
- Funding: Utah receives $5.6 billion a year from the federal government.
Utah loses money when people don’t get counted. Each person accounts for about $1,860 per year. Over 10 years, that’s more than $18,600 lost per person.
- Trends: Utah uses Census data to support community initiatives and predict trends in the state.
Utah’s population continues to diversify, which changes our communities. Since the 2010 Census, for example, West Valley City emerged as a minority-majority community.
How to Get Counted:
Step 1: Complete the census online, by phone or by mail.
Step 2: Encourage family, friends, and neighbors to do the same! Respond by April 1st to avoid a knock at your door from a census taker.