Getting an accurate count is vital to ensuring that our region receives its fair share of federal funding that is allocated based on the census. Estimates show that for each North Dakota resident not counted, North Dakota stands to lose $1,900 in federal funding annually, or $1,900 over the next ten years. This lost funding means less federal assistance for road and highway construction, social services and housing aid.
The Census also provides a resource for informed decision-making. Census data is used to help better our communities and region. This may include community initiatives, legislation, and quality-of-life advocacy. Local governments use the Census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Businesses use Census data to decide where to build offices and stores, which creates jobs. Census data is also used to determine funding provided by federal and state agencies for social services and infrastructure projects.