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US Census: Everyone Counts!

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to submit your US Census Form.

Every 10 years the United States conducts a Census which is mandated in the Constitution. The 2020 Census will count the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail.

Contrary to popular belief the Census will not ask for information such as your social security number, bank account or immigration status. All they want to know is how many people are living in the area at the time of the count.  For tips on avoiding fraud and scams, click here.

Why fill out the Census?:

  • Census data informs federal funding for more than 100 programs, including school lunches, highway construction, and education.
  • Census data impacts voting and political representation. As a result of population changes between 2000 and 2010, eight states gained seats in the House of Representatives and 10 states had fewer seats in the House of Representatives.
  • Census data helps to determine the allocation of funds for Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.
  • Census data will be valuable to businesses, by providing a rich set of data on the communities they serve, including population trends and growth projections.
  • Census data helps to determine the allocation of funding to local police departments, fire departments, and hospitals.

Do you need to fill out the Census? You bet you do!  Be sure to count all members of your family too, no matter how old or young.

If you don’t want to fill it out online you can complete the form and mail it in, or, call the Census Bureau number on the form and answer the questions over the phone.

To help our community to continue receiving funds for schools, hospitals, emergency services and health care needs, please fill out the Census.

Our community counts on it!