It is officially 2020 – the start of a new decade and the year of the next census count!
Every 10 years, the U.S. Constitution requires a count of the nation’s population to determine the number of congressional representatives for each state. In addition to determining federal representation, the census is critical because it is used to distribute more than $675 billion dollars in federal funding to states and local governments. The 2020 Census count will launch this Spring and citizens can complete the count over the phone, by mail, or online, so be on the lookout for more information on completing the count in the coming months.
In California, more than 70 federal programs that benefit our residents use the Census data and population counts as part of their funding formulas, including the Community Development Block Grant Program, as well as funding for roads, school programs and lunches, children’s health insurance, Head Start and foster care. The census data is also used to redraw federal and state legislative district boundaries. A complete and accurate census count is crucial to the well-being of our state and all Californians.
The City is committed to working with the County and other partner community organizations to ensure a full count of all Santa Rosa residents, and we hope you will join us in working toward this goal by getting included in the count and encouraging others to do the same!
Learn more at srcity.org/census2020