The 2020 Census is right around the corner, and it is very critical to our local governments that you are counted. There are multiple entities in our local community that are counting on you to be counted, from our local fire department to the school all of our local government agencies are needing an accurate count. This monumental occasion comes around only once every ten years, and here’s why it is so crucial to our school.
All levels of government, private businesses, charities, and individuals use census data every day. It can be used to decide where an individual will find a good job or help businesses develop better marketing plans. The way it helps our government is by remapping congressional districts, developing rural areas, and by determining how best to distribute over 675 billion dollars’ worth of federal benefits and funding, especially funding for schools.
The funding in schools is used to improve technology, provide new library resources, allow for free and reduced lunches, and other school functions/activities. By ensuring a full count, our local schools will receive the full benefits to properly educate your children in public schools. Our children deserve a good education, and with a count that under-represents our region, their education could slip through the cracks. If just one resident is missed, our state loses nearly $20,000 in federal funding. If an entire household is missed, over $44,000 is lost. Also, if the state misrepresents its count by just 0.1%, the state loses $15 million dollars in federal funding.
So, when April 1 rolls around, do your duty as an American citizen and ensure an accurate count. If not, our children may go uneducated, our public works fall into disrepair, or our government agencies will be running on fumes. Do your part in bettering not just your community, but your state and country as well. This year it is easier than ever; respondents can now complete the census questionnaire online at: https://respond.census.gov/acs
Extra information and ways to volunteer with the census can be found at www.nd.gov under the News & Events tab.