Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. Census results affect our community every day.
According to the Illinois Department of Human Services website , on the state level , an accurate count of Illinois’ population is essential to ensure that the State receives the funding it needs to properly care for its residents and provide critical services and programs. In 2015, Illinois received $19,738,866,367, or approximately $1,535 per capita, in federal assistance for sixteen programs. The failure to count every Illinois resident would have devastating effects on Illinois’ ability to meet the needs of its residents. Even a one-percent under-count would result in the State losing $19,557,435 per year for a decade, resulting in a total loss of $195,574,350.
More information regarding the U.S. Census can be found here.