Why does the Census Bureau ask the questions that are asked?

The questions are asked because of federal needs, as well as for community benefits.

The population counts determine:

  • How many seats your state has in the House of Representatives; they are also used to redraw federal and state legislative districts.
  • Determine how the federal funding will be distributed to states and communities. For Nevada, in 2016 that was $2,086 per person.
  • The private and public sectors look at the demographics of communities to make investment decisions. That, in turn, helps to create jobs, provide housing, prepare for emergencies, build schools, roads and hospitals.