The deadline for completing the 2020 U.S. Census is October 31. If you haven’t responded, you should do so immediately. After all, this is about making yourself count.
Ending the census count early has been a controversial move by the Trump Administration, leading to a preliminary injunction argued in front of U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh. Judge Koh said in her ruling that the shortened schedule probably would produce inaccurate results that would last a decade, and underscored that on October 1, telling the US Census Bureau to send a mass mailer out clarifying that the deadline is indeed October 31. Critics had argued that the count should actually be extended due to the problems of the worldwide pandemic.
Every 10 years, the nation has come together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics.
The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs – impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy, according to the United State Census Bureau.
It’s your representation, quality of life and tax dollars that are at stake.
Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. People in your community use census data in all kinds of ways, such as these:
Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy
Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs
Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals
Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.
With the Census Count coming to a close soon, here are the response numbers so far:
United States (66.3% response)
S.E Michigan (74.6%)
In 2010 during the last census, Taylor’s response rate was 70.2%.