The U.S. Constitution mandates a decennial census to count every person residing in the country. The census is designed and executed by the U.S. Census Bureau, an agency within the Department of Commerce. Census data is used to distribute federal funding, draw legislative districts, and influence future development. The next census will begin in April 2020 and it is essential that Nassau County gets a complete and accurate count.
Census data is used by governments, businesses, and the nonprofit community to guide investment decisions. The census is used to fund $675 billion in federal programs, including for roads and bridges, public schools, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps), the National School Lunch Program, Section 8 Housing, Head Start, and the Community Development Block Grants.
Citizenship Question: There is currently a legal battle occurring on whether a question that asks for citizenship status can be included in the 2020 census. Many immigrant advocates have argued that immigrant households may choose not to participate. As Nassau County does have a large and growing immigrant population, this is a challenge to ensuring an accurate count.