Why Census 2020 Matters in Saguache Today
Did you fill yours out yet? Yesterday, April 1, was Census Day but with COVID-19 dominating the headlines, the message may have slipped through the cracks. So Saguache Today checked into see how the numbers are looking locally as the state average returns were calculated at 44.1 % this morning April 2.
Well, sad to report that the 2020 Census returns are a meager 9.8% return rate for Saguache County, the third-largest county in Colorado! So, please take the time to fill it out and return it. It’s particularly important for Saguache County as there has been some population growth in the past ten years and those accurate numbers help the local community in a number of ways.
The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.
The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.
It’s time to respond to the 2020 Census. And the goal is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.
Most invitations will arrive in the mail before April 1, 2020 and will include instructions for responding online or by phone. The invitation will include an ID number that is tied to a physical address. Coloradans are encouraged to go online (with the ID number) to respond to the Census.
The 2020 Census is a short questionnaire that asks about who lives in your household. One person should respond for an entire household.
- Plan to include everyone you expect to live in your home on April 1.
- You can self-respond online or by phone in one of 13 languages and find assistance in 59 languages.
- On March 20, use this map to track the daily 2020 Census self-response rates.
- Those who do not respond online or by phone should also expect to receive a paper questionnaire in April.
- After a series of reminder mailings, if the household has not self-responded (online, by phone, or by mail), the Census Bureau plans to send census takers door-to-door to collect responses in May.
The 2020 Census is a massive undertaking. It requires counting a diverse and growing population in the United States and the five U.S. territories.
The 2020 Census is important because it will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.
Responding to the 2020 Census is safe and secure. Individual responses are confidential and protected by law.
The Census Bureau is committed to making the 2020 Census quick, easy, and safe. Take the 2020 Census HERE