Why Does the 2020 Census Count Matter to Every One of Us?
Every individual counts in the United States of America, but an accurate count assures that we can shape the future of our communities.
The 2020 Census wants to count every person living in the United States, only once, and in the right location
The 2020 Census count is constitutionally mandated and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The challenge of the census is to count every person who lives in the United States. Specifically, the count includes those persons residing in the 50 states of the U.S. and five U.S. territories. These territories include Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The 2020 Census count is a first in our nation’s history
The 2020 Census count is the first in our history that we can complete 100% online. Today, you can access the 2020 Census and participate on your desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone. However, you are also welcome to respond to the 2020 Census by phone or by mail.
My invitation—“What if I lost it?”
Each home received an invitation to participate between March 12-20. This invitation includes a code number that allows you to begin your census response. If you have lost or otherwise cannot locate this invitation, please use the following instructions.
- Go to my2020census.gov
- Click on the “Start Questionnaire” button.
- Below the login button, click on the link that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”
- Answer the 2-3 additional questions required to verify your residence.
- Once answered, you can proceed with the 12 questions remaining to complete the census.
Counting everyone is required and safe
Unquestionably, participation in the census is a legal requirement. However, the U.S. Census Bureau is also required by law to keep your information private. An accurate census count is critical for you and the members of your community. Why? Because the results from the 2020 Census will affect your community’s funding and congressional representation for the next decade.
Why does the federal government conduct this count?
The decennial census is a mandate of the U.S. Constitution. Article 1, Section 2, requires that the country conduct a count of its population once every ten years. Accordingly, the 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
The census provides critical data for use by lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others. In fact, they use census data to make decisions about daily services, products, and support for you and your community. The federal government directs billions of dollars in funding each year to various projects and services. These funds go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other essential services based on census data.
How will the 2020 Census count impact Moultrie County?
The census count ultimately determines the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. Since 1983, the State of Illinois has gone from 22 members in the House to 18 members. We lost those four congressional seats in Central and Southern Illinois. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that we likely lose one congressional seat and risk losing another if we fail to get an accurate count. Your participation in the 2020 Census helps Moultrie County avoid further losses of representation for East Central Illinois.
Each year, census data drives the level of federal funding for more than 55 grant programs serving rural communities throughout the U.S. These programs include agricultural support, school lunches, healthcare, highway construction, and education.
An undercount of our residents in the 2020 Census means that Moultrie County loses money. As a result, there are fewer programs and services available to our citizens and less economic activity in our county.
We can do this together!
Let’s make sure we get every dollar we deserve in Moultrie County. It takes less than 15 minutes to complete the 2020 Census. You can shape your future and your community by taking the time to participate in the 2020 Census count now!