Heather Rodriguez

 P.S. 105 Sen Abraham Bernstein

Heather Rodriguez

P.S. 105 Sen Abraham Bernstein


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What is the Census?

Did you know that every decade the government gives you and everyone in our country a questionnaire? This questionnaire is called the Census. The Census helps the government figure out how many people are living in each state and place. The Census was founded on July 1, 1902. The Census follows a series of questions regarding the people in your household such as, “How many people are currently living in your home?” or “How old is each person in the house?” The questionnaire also asks, “Is your home rented or do you own it?” The Census was also written in the Constitution to count every person living in each state. Depending on how many people live in your area, the government chooses people from each place to represent you in the House of Representatives. The Census helps schools, fire departments or other types of emergency responses, and hospitals or clinics. Now in 2020, there are 3 ways to fill out the Census by mail, phone, or online. If you don’t fill out the Census, you will be fined. Every decade, you should have to take the Census survey.

How Does the Census Benefit Me or My Community?

 Did you know the Census actually gives you a representative to represent your community? Yes, the Census benefits you or your community by giving you a representative to enter into the House of Representatives to represent you and your community. The more people in your state, the more representatives you get to enter. The Census also helps us work out plans to deal with many problems in your area. Which would really help a lot. It will fund food assistance for younger children and even make their school lunches free. Programs are made because of the Census. It also helps providers predict the spread of diseases. Just by filling out this simple survey, you are helping you and your community so much and aiding all these programs being created because of the Census.

What Challenges Does the Census Face?

As helpful as the Census can be, the Census comes with many challenges as well. One of these challenges is the misinformation that the Census not safe. People are unsure whether or not the information they give to the Census is protected. This could be especially true for parents who worry about their children’s safety. Parents may not fill out their children and their children can be missing in the counting. It is important to fill out your children because the government maybe missing up to almost four thousand kids in the counting. Another problem the Census faces is one nerve racking question that causes people not to fill in the Census. “Are you a citizen?” If you are here illegally this may make people think they will get deported if they answer “yes”, causing them not to fill out the Census completely. Also, the Census doesn’t come to every language on paper, which might be a problem for people who don’t speak English or the other language options provided. People with special needs also might not be able to read and need a way to understand. A problem that occurs includes the homeless population, they have no address nor a mailbox neither do they have a phone or device. There is no way for them to fill out the Census. The Census does indeed face many problems, but what could be possible solutions to these problems?

Possible Solutions

Not everything is perfect, but how can the Census fix these problems? Since many people may not think the Census is safe, I think the government could inform the people somehow explaining what the Census is, the positive outcomes, and the safety of it. By posting a social media video, people could realize it is perfectly safe and helps out a lot. We still have to figure out a solution to the question, “Are you a citizen?” This question could be solved by either removing it, or replacing it with “How long have you lived in the United States?” This question sounds more comforting and seems easier to answer. It also protects people here illegally from potential deportation. The language problem might not have a known solution to it, other than printing out the Census in every language. Which might take more work and maybe even cost more money. The Census can also add more languages online or provide more translation services. If a person has special needs and cannot complete the Census, maybe someone living with them could fill out the Census for them, or read it to them. If they live alone, that might be a problem. They might prefer the computer and there should be a read-to-me option online. For the homeless population, there could be a person who gets another copy of the Census and they would give it to the homeless person to fill out then take it back. These could be possible solutions regarding the problems that the Census faces.


 Now we know, the Census is a questionnaire taken every decade to figure out how many people are living in each state. It helps fund programs and emergency help, without filling this survey out you will get fined. It also decides how many people will represent you and your community in the House of Representatives. It also helps fund programs that are very helpful. The Census is a helpful survey that can improve the lives of people in my community!