Data, the four-letter word that created a pathway to innovation and advancements in society throughout history. It is one of the most valuable assets for humans today and it is evident, especially in this decade. Facebook and Google have proved how valuable data is to people in the tech world. Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Autonomous vehicles are all powered by this simple, yet weighty word. Although the data to power today’s technology is internet-based, there is another form of data that is crucial for the world today – population.
An account of a country’s population helps determine many factors for the future of its people. The U.S. Census is the largest statistical federal agency accumulating data on the people living in the United States. Started by Thomas Jefferson back in 1790, the U.S. Census gives qualitative and quantitative statistics of America’s people, places, and the economy. The data is acquired through a Decennial survey: Census, and based on that, projections and estimates on the national population is made yearly. The Census has been very accurate and successful so far, however, the upcoming Census has drawn significant criticism because of one unreasonable decision by Trump’s administration.
Whether it’s South Asians, Asians, Hispanics, African Americans, or any ethnic community, everyone is uncomfortable discussing their immigration status, more than ever, today. It’s no surprise then people were alarmed when Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the addition of a question on citizenship. All of a sudden, fear overshadowed people’s rational decisions and the U.S. Census 2020 was at risk of compromise. With one question the whole purpose of the Census, gone?
Given the rhetoric, it calls, now more than ever, for all those living in the United States, citizens and non-citizens alike to actively participate in the 2020 U.S. Census.
The whole purpose of the U.S. Census is to get statistics on its people in every state. The result of this determines the number of seats and federal funding a certain state will receive. This funding is generally used in public welfare programs, the education system, and our roads. The Census also provides government with data to create future social programs, policies, and wise decisions for its people. Along with government, the Census also helps businesses, such as Siliconeer, in many ways.
Businesses use the Census for future planning. Basically, the Census gives demographics of a certain region – whether a state or a city. We could find out, for example, how many South Asians reside in California and how many of them own houses thanks to the Census. This information is valuable for any business as it can assist in creating a target market, location wise.
Whether it’s the senior citizens, the middle-aged business professionals, or the youth, everyone should be aware of the importance of the U.S. Census. Take action now to help the future generations.