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February 2010

Quick Facts:

The first census took place in 1790 to determine the number of seats each state would have in the U.S. House of Representatives. The census also was created to gain a better understanding of where people lived and to establish patterns of settlement as the nation grew.

The Census happens only once every 10 years and its important that every household complete the Census form on April 1, 2010.

Everyone counts.  Federal funding for programs to states and their communities is based on Census results.

All Census responses are private and are not shared with anyone including other government agencies.


The U.S. Census: Why It's Important to Arts Organizations

On April 1, 2010 every household in America will be asked to complete the Census form.  The Census happens only once every 10 years, and it's important for everyone to be counted.  Why?

Federal funding for programs benefitting states and their communities is based on Census results.  This means the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) uses Census results as part of the decision making process for providing funding to the Indiana Arts Commission and Ohio Arts Council.  In turn, those state agencies use Census data for the state as one of the factors in granting money to arts organizations and arts providers.  Quite simply: the larger the population, the more potential for more money. 

In addition, the 10-year Census count is the underpinning of many critical indicators that are important to cultural institutions, including the total size of potential markets and audiences.

What are some of the other uses of Census data?

         Census data is used to apportion congressional seats

         Census data is used to draw districts for the Indiana General Assembly

         Census data drives funding and delivery for other federal programs, such as Medicaid, social services, schools, transportation funding, programs for seniors, and emergency supplies.

Help us get the word out about the 2010 U.S. Census.  Stay connected on Twitter, Facebook, and more by clicking http://2010.census.gov/2010census/involved/index.php.

Need even more information?  Indiana residents may visit www.census.indiana.edu or attend a special workshop presented by the Indiana State Library on February 18th, 2010 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  This event will be held in the History Reference Room at the State Library and will answer the public's questions about the Census.  In Ohio, visit http://www.census.ohio.gov/.

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