Why you should be counted in the 2020 census

An accurate census helps your community

Three months from now, every person in America will be asked to take part in a tradition that dates back to the 1700s: the once-a-decade census.

Census data is used to distribute more than $880 billion in federal funds to states, counties and cities for schools, roads and other services. An accurate census will:

  • Help ensure fair representation at all levels of government.
  • Directly impact the funding your city receives over the next decade.
  • Help with infrastructure and transportation planning.
  • Assist with emergency preparedness, disaster relief, and resilience planning.
(Source: National League of Cities)

It’s estimated that Washington state received $16.6 billion in FY2016 from 55 federal programs based on census data.

The census matters in other ways, too. It helps ensure PSRC’s plans and data are based on real-world numbers about the people who live here.

PSRC uses census data to help businesses, non-profits and the public. For example, when a restaurant owner wanted asked PSRC if the racial and ethnic make-up of his employees mirrored the region’s population, we found the answer in census data.

When a local transit agency wondered how much the population in its service area had grown since 2010, census data helped them calculate the increase.

You can find census statistics about your own community on PSRC’s website. PSRC has demographic profiles for more than 200 places around the region.

Here’s a snippet from Picnic Point's 2010 census demographic profile:

Help ensure your community gets its full share of funding and a fair representation of its residents. Your census responses are safe and secure. Please help your community and the region—be counted on April 1!

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