Census Data Shapes Indiana’s Future

50 ways we rely on the Census

  1. Decision-making at all levels of government
  2. Reapportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives (435)
  3. Drawing federal, state and local legislative districts
  4. Drawing school district boundaries
  5. Budget planning for government
  6. Distribution of over $470 billion in federal funds
  7. Monitoring economic trends
  8. Forecasting future transportation needs
  9. Planning public transportation projects
  10. Planning for hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and other health services
  11. Planning health and education services for people with disabilities
  12. Forecasting future housing needs
  13. Forecasting population trends
  14. Directing funds to services for people living in poverty
  15. Directing services to children and adults with limited English skills
  16. Designing public safety strategies
  17. Urban planning
  18. Rural development
  19. Land use planning
  20. Charting local demographic changes
  21. Understanding local and regional labor supplies
  22. Estimating the number of people displaced by natural disasters
  23. Assessing the potential for spread of communicable diseases
  24. Developing assistance programs for low-income families
  25. Determining the local impact of Base Realignment and Closure programs
  26. Creating maps to speed emergency services to households
  27. Making informed business decisions
  28. Delivering goods and services to local markets
  29. Understanding consumer needs
  30. Designing facilities for the elderly, children and people with disabilities
  31. Helping community foundations identify the size and nature of their service areas
  32. Product planning
  33. Locating factory sites and distribution centers
  34. Evaluating risk and investment planning
  35. Setting community goals
  36. Producing economic and demographic reports about the United States and its people
  37. Standardizing public and private sector surveys
  38. Scientific research
  39. Comparing progress between different geographic areas
  40. Developing interactive maps for government and business
  41. Genealogical research
  42. Creating radius reports for business site location
  43. Researching school projects
  44. Establishing baseline demographics for medical research
  45. Developing adult education programs
  46. Media planning and research, background for news stories
  47. Historical research
  48. Evidence in litigation involving land use
  49. Locating areas eligible for federal housing assistance and rehab loans
  50. Attracting new businesses to an area