It’s time to submit your 2020 Census. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.
What is the Census?
The 2020 Census’ goal is to count every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The Census, which is done every 10 years, requires every person living within one of these states or territories to respond.
Why is this information important?
“The 2020 Census 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 help the federal government make decisions on 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.”- Information gathered from census.gov.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Wisconsin counties on average stand to lose $22,170 in federal funding over the next decade ($2,217/year) per person not counted. –NCSL utilized data from “Counting for Dollars 2020,” a study published in February 2020 by Andrew Reamer of the George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP).
How does this impact MPTC?
Moraine Park is a state-funded educational institution. Understanding our general population helps the federal government allocate dollars to support technical education, among other things. Overall, the Census helps determine the needs in every state and community, and helps to define where funding is needed most. As a community partner, we understand that there are needs all around: k-12 schools, healthcare, transportation/roads, and rural / wildlife areas, to name a few. This elevates the importance of 100% timely participation.
How do I respond?
It’s quick and easy! Visit my2020census.gov to learn how to submit your response today. When filling out your census form, be sure to include all family members living in your home.