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The CWCOG is continuing efforts to educate and inform area residents on the upcoming 2020 Census scheduled for April 1, 2020. The Census is mandated in the US Constitution and has been conducted every 10 years since 1790 when Thomas Jefferson directed the first Census of the country.

Major uses of information gathered in the Census:
– Determine congressional representation for each state
– Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools and emergency services
-Funds for a variety of federal and state programs are distributed based on census counts
-Business use census data to understand markets and make decisions

Census day is actually April 1, 2020, but you can expect to receive your census form in March. About 95 % of the population will receive the census notification in the mail. The notice will provide details on how to respond electronically for the first time in the history of the Census. Your original correspondence will include a letter invitation asking you to complete the Census online. Census staff will be persistent and provide a number of reminders – so act quickly to save all of us a little bit of money.

In Washington, distribution of over 16.7 trillion from 55 large federal spending programs in federal funds was guided by data derived from the 2010 Census. With a population of about 7.5 million in the state, that equates to about 2,200 per person.

Be informed and help others to get informed. Check out the resources below or go to the 2020 Census web site.

Helpful Census Handouts:
Counting For Dollars
Sample Questionnaire
How the Census Invites Everyone
Spotting a Census Scam