The 2020 census, calculating and combating overpopulation

Janelle Marks

Census takers will begin taking the 2020 census beginning in Alaska on Jan. 21 and continuing  throughout the United States, while anticipating a much larger population since 2010.


Figuring out how many seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives is the main purpose of the census. Since 1911, there have been 435 seats in the House, with each state guaranteed at least one and additional seats are apportioned by population. 


It also measures how many people live in big cities, how many children live in each household and what the racial and ethnic groups are. Federal and state governments also rely on census data to budget for social welfare programs. adds that cities and private industry who use demographic figures to plan hospital expansions, housing developments and assess the need for new schools or new strip malls use census data. Federal and state governments will annually use census data to allocate more than $675 billion toward public services and infrastructure. 


The United States Census 2020 says that in the coming March, homes across America will begin receiving the invitation to complete the 2020 census which they can respond to online, by phone or by mail, and due to all the uses of this information, all U.S. residents are required by law to accurately fill out the census form.


With the global population expected to reach approximately 8 billion people, according to Ideas, it will require innovative technology and ideas to help support that number of people. 

In fact, human beings are the only population that don’t have a carrying capacity compared to all other organisms, which makes an exponential graph, rather than a logistic graph as explained in the graph by Lumen. Scientists predict that the exponential human population will soon turn into a logistic one if we don’t begin to think of how to meet the needs of the new people.


Some ways that we have found to control the growing population are: providing better education, improving the standard of living, making modern medicine available, and creating social reforms for women. Scientists have found that in developing nations, when child mortality rates are high, the birth rates are also high because families have more children in anticipation that some of their children will die.


Improvement of government policies and better distribution of clean water and food will also help to support the population that we do have. We have enough food to supply the global population and the technology to increase that number further it is a matter of setting plans into motion and creating a global effort to support the growing population that the 2020 census is expected to help calculate.