Like cities around the country, tax-fueled West Valley cities have been spreading the “participate in the census” message for nearly a year.
The more people are counted in each city, the more tax money it means.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, some picturing a census worker knocking on the door may be thinking, “Not me!”
But, long before anyone heard about the coronavirus, the U.S. Census Bureau was already planning the 2020 Census to be mainly online.
Less than 1% of people are expected to be counted in person.
According to the Census Bureau, “95% of households will receive their census invitation in the mail.”
In March 2020, the online form will be available to complete through the U.S. Census Bureau. Information about how to respond online is being mailed to households in mid-March.
Instructions on the mailings will advise residents how to respond to the census online at azcensus2020.gov or by phone.
According to Gov. Doug Ducey, “Census data guides the distribution of more than $650 billion to states annually, resources to support critical programs and infrastructure in Arizona. Each person who is not counted is estimated to represent an $887 loss to Arizona in federal funding allocation. Even a 1% undercount would represent a loss of $62 million per year for a decade — a total loss of at least $620 million.”
The Maricopa Association of Governments is doing outreach at the site icount2020.info.
“An accurate census count is critical to the region for a variety of reasons,” said Goodyear City Manager Julie Arendall, co-chair of the MAG Regional Census Communication Group. “Information from the Census helps fund 55 federal and state programs, with $675 billion in federal funding at stake. In Arizona, about $20 billion in state shared revenues are divided up based on population—it equates to almost $3,000 per person.”
The census is available in 12 non-English languages, with additional materials and assistance available in 59 languages.
The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.