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The 2020 Census: It’s important. It’s easy. It’s safe.

Posted on February 25, 2020

This spring you will be asked to perform an important task: Fill out the census. The Census:  It’s important. It’s easy. It’s safe. 

The U.S. Constitution requires a count of the United States’ population every 10 years. The goal is to tally every resident. Collecting accurate information on everyone who lives in Washington is important to the future of our state, ensuring we receive our fair share of federal dollars for vital community programs. In 2016 alone, Washington received $16.7 billion in federal assistance, based on data collected during the 2010 census.

The census also determines the number of representatives each state has in Congress, which can make a difference when it comes to issues important to Washingtonians. Beginning in March 2020, all households will receive a mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau asking them to take the census online or by phone. Each household will be asked to provide details about people who reside in the household “most of the time” as of April 1, 2020, the official “Census Day.” 

What do you need to do? Complete the short and easy form online. If you don’t have a computer at home, you can use one at a library or at a location in your community clearly identified Census Questionnaire Assistance Center.

Also, we know that infants and young children are the most under counted people. Your kids count, so make sure to count them when you fill out the census form in Spring 2020!

“Children under the age of four years old are at the greatest risk of not being counted in the Census,” said Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele. “An accurate count of all children is incredibly important to ensure our youth have access to the health, education, and community resources that they will need for the next 10 years.”