A Day in the Life of Your Census Data

The data collected from the Census affects your every day life.

Take a look at a Census-filled day of the fictional Jane G.(ood) Citizen. 

6:15 a.m. 

Pleasant ringing sound! Whoa, time to get up. Jane G. rolls out of bed, turns on the lights, and hops in the shower.

Public water, electric and sewer are available because data from the Census was used in planning her community and ensuring adequate infrastructure was there to support it.

7:11 a.m.

Jane’s kids get on the bus to head to school.

Census data is used to determine where to build new schools, and school programs - such as the free and reduced lunch program - are funded based on data collected by the Census.
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7:15 a.m.

Jane G. boards Blacksburg Transit to get to work.

Federal, state and local funding for BT buses is based on population counts from the Census.
BT Bus

8 a.m.

Jane promptly arrives at her job as a faculty member at New River Community College.

Academic work, research, tuition grant and loan programs are affected by Census data.
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12 p.m.

Jane heads to lunch.

Census data directly affects how funding is allocated for neighborhood and downtown improvements through programs such as Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). 
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5 p.m. 

Jane catches BT home, gets in her car, and meets her kids at the library where they are doing research for school.

Funding for roads and libraries is determined by Census data.
Library

5:30 p.m.

Jane takes one kid to the Recreation Center for basketball practice. Meanwhile, Jane and her other kid take a swim at the Aquatic Center.

Funding for community programs offered by Parks and Recreation Departments and Aquatics Departments is also determined by Census data.
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8 p.m.

Jane and her spouse, a volunteer with the Fire Department, chill on the couch and watch the Town Council meeting on cable access television.

Data from the Census determines how much money is allocated for government services and public safety.
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