Ask the editor: What is the purpose of the census?

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Frisco’s Complete Count Committee held its first meeting in mid-July. The committee is charged with helping spread the word about the upcoming 2020 census and informing residents on how to participate.

The census takes place every 10 years in the United States. Its goal is to get an accurate count of the population as well as the location of where each person typically lives. This information serves two major purposes.

First, it helps determine how much federal funding states, cities, counties and other entities will receive. These funds and grants are used for schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other areas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The census also determines the reapportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives. The 435 seats are divided among the 50 states based on the population counts from the census. The seats for Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories are not affected by reapportionment.

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Lindsey Juarez Monsivais
Lindsey has been involved in newspapers in some form since high school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 with a degree in Journalism. While attending UTA, she worked for The Shorthorn, the university's award-winning student newspaper. She was hired as Community Impact Newspaper's first Frisco reporter in 2014. Less than a year later, she took over as the editor of the Frisco edition. Since then, she has covered a variety of topics and issues important to the community, including the city's affordable housing shortage, the state's controversial A-F school accountability system and the city's "Bury the Lines" efforts.
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