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 it’s important that
every household complete the Census form on April 1,
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
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
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.
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
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
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Need even more information? Indiana residents may
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,