When you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and this creates jobs. An accurate count is not only critical for determining the allocation of Federal funding and legislative apportionment and redistricting, Census data is important to many Iowa laws and administrative rules as well.