05/06/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/06/2019 15:34
How do I participate in the 2020 Census beginning next April?
On April 1, 2020, every person will have a chance to participate by answering 10 to 11 survey questions. It should only take about 10 minutes to fill out your survey. Look for the Census form to come to your address by mail on or before April 1, 2020 next year. It will contain a 'unique housing ID number' that you will need to complete your survey. You will have the option to fill it out electronically-online or on your smart phone, dial in by phone, or you may request a paper form. The goal is for everyone to answer the survey on or before April 1, 2020. Please answer ALL of the questions completely for everyone residing at your address. Your answers to the questions will be completely confidential.
Why does participating in the Census 2020 matter to me?
The census is so important because the results directly impact the federal funding that comes to our state for services, infrastructure, and representation. The US Census Count determines Delaware's share of the $675 billion of federal funds that are distributed to the states. An under count means we don't get our share of these needed funds and City of Wilmington residents are disproportionately impacted.
An accurate 2020 Census count is critical to adequately funding programs which include:
Census data is also crucial to political representation. The population count determines how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives and how the congressional and state representative districts are redrawn based on population shifts.
Mayor Purzycki and Council President Shabazz said the CCC will implement a year-long strategy to increase awareness of and participation in the census, with a particular focus on hard-to-count populations like children and the homeless. The committee will create sub-committees to help accomplish its goals and will also keep residents informed of employment opportunities with the U.S. Census.
The Mayor and Council President note that certain population groups-referred to as 'hard-to-count'-are at a higher risk of not being fully counted in the decennial census. Some of these groups have been historically underrepresented in the decennial census for decades; some may experience new or increased vulnerability due to major changes in methodology, such as relying on the internet as the primary way for households to respond to the 2020 Census; and some may be reluctant to respond due to concerns about data confidentiality. When citizens are not counted it leads to unequal access to vital public and private resources for these individuals and groups that are sometimes not counted.
Mayor says the decennial census is too important to be held up by members of City Council who are threatening to delay City business for political reasons