As the United States revs up for the 2020 Decennial Census, the UIS campus is prepared to do its part to make sure everyone is counted. The accuracy of the census count is critical to many things, including a fair share of funding for all sorts of services targeted at Illinois populations. Census data are used to determine representation in our government system, for business development, for educational services, for healthcare programs and so much more. But Census data is about so much more than obtaining fair share of government funding for lots of critical services. The data is anonymous and cannot be tracked to specific individuals, so it makes sense for everyone to participate because it benefits everyone when the count is accurate.
Census data is also vital to all sorts of research: economic, educational, population demographics, racial and ethnic statistics, how many homeowners, same sex marriages, cohabitation patterns, number of households in the U.S. and lots more. You may be utilizing Census data in in more than one of your social science courses. You can explore historic Census data that goes all the way back to 1790 – YES, 1790! That was the year following the first Continental Congress in 1789. You can see every census from 1790 up through the last decennial Census in 2010. Explore how the questions on the Census have evolved over time – how many slaves to a household back in the good old days (eek!) or see how many same-sex married couples were in the U.S. in 2010. What percentage of the current U.S. population is: Hispanic, American Indian, African American, etc.
April 1, 2020 is Census Day and that is when the Census countdown kicks off. In addition to making sure you are counted, you might even find a part-time temporary job working for the Census. The pay is good – $19 to $21/hour in Sangamon County. Check out the 2020 Census jobs. Make sure you are counted so that UIS counts in the final numbers!
For more information, visit the Census Research Guide at: libguides.uis.edu/census2020