The 2020 Census is underway, but it’s still not too late to be counted – and it’s more important than ever before to participate.
Consider, the federal government recently gave Nevada funds to fight the COVID 19 pandemic based on 2010 Census data, when only 60 percent of people in the state participated. With a 100 percent count, Nevada would have received 40 percent more money to help Clark County and the rest of the state with services to combat the virus.
Without maximum Census participation, Nevada stands to lose more than $6 billion in federal funds per year – for the next 10 years – with the lost dollars allocated to other states. This funding supports vital programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, as well as dozens of programs benefiting schools, highways and health systems. Additionally, many civic and social programs depend on Census funding allocations. A list of 55 of the largest Census-funded programs is here: https://www.southernnevadacounts.com/impact-nv
Census results also are used to determine the number of seats each state is allocated in Congress and political representation at all levels of government. Nevada currently has four congressional representatives and is on the brink of being awarded its fifth.
For the first time in history, the 2020 Census can be completed online through the end of June. For those who do not complete their forms, beginning in early May, Census takers will be visiting homes that haven’t responded to make sure everyone is counted.
Filling out the questionnaire is quick and easy. There are only 10 questions, and it can be completed in 10 minutes or less. The key is to account for everyone living at your home on April 1, 2020. Information is secure and kept confidential.
Complete the 2020 Census to make sure our community and Nevada get its fair share. To fill out the form online or for more information, including in different languages, visit https://www.southernnevadacounts.com/.
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