2020 is the year. Every decade the United States Census Bureau conducts a count of all the nation’s residents. The very first census was in 1790. Getting counted is an important way to contribute to your community, today and for the next 10 years. Census data impacts essential public services provided by states and local governments like healthcare, public safety, education and transportation. The Census determines our representation in Congress and is used in redistricting at the state and local level. Your participation in the 2020 Census is safe and important to our community’s future.
Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone. 95% of households will receive their census invitation in the mail. It will have a Census ID on there. It should be going out in the mail mid-March. Everyone is asked to respond of who is living in their residence as of April 1, 2020.
This is the first time the Census has been available online, making census participation easier than ever! For the 2020 census, each household in the U.S. will either receive mailed instructions on how to fill out the census questionnaire online, or they will receive the actual questionnaire.
The Quad Cities’ overall response rate for the 2010 Census was 81.8%. Without higher self-response, more households in our county are at risk of being missed in the 2020 Census.
Why It’s Important
The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data.That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
After each decade’s census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.
Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
National Census Day – April 1st
For more information about the 2020 census, visit wecountqc.org