Census may seem as a nuisance to people for their hectic procedures. At times, it is annoying to see a Census Bureau officer unfold a long list of stipulated questions. Endless inquires about income and health status may even barge into your privacy. It’s always a bother as to how such a personalized interrogation with the whole of town going to help. The reasons though are easy to understand.
Contradictory to our view, Census is considered as a country’s most important undertaking. It is a matter of national importance, which affects every person, his family, community and future. An accurate census determines the shape of a country’s population based on many criteria like age, gender, ethnic group, economic status, etc. Primarily this data helps in even distribution of public resources across the country. It also aids in ensuring proper allocation of local services to people.
Basically, census is an asset in the hands of people, which identifies every single citizen, and his needs. This image of social and living conditions of people is then enforced in planning for the provision of services which is in everyone’s interest. Central government relies on the census data for appropriate distribution of federal funds to local governments. The needs of different local areas are taken into consideration.
Census has proved beneficial for purposes such as planning in regards to health services and policies according to the requirement recorded in census; catering to housing needs of different areas; employment and training is various occupations, resources to ensure equality of ethnic groups; transportation and infrastructural requirements and educational facilities.
According to William Maury, Supervisor historian for the U.S Census Bureau, the reason why census exists is because it is made a part of U.S constitution. Such is the case with other countries too, because the data from the census determines the number of seats to be appointed in the House of Representatives. Thus, the size of the population affects the power within the country.
Florida’s 2010 Sunshine Census Initiative Website shows that, with recorded increase in population, there was a growth in seats in Congress as well as districts in the Senate and House of Representative. Page Bellis says, “It is up to residents to make sure their community gets its piece of pie money and representation.” Hence, Census doesn’t sound so bad an affair after all.