April 1st across the United States was Census Day. And by the Chair's March 10, proclamation, that everyone in the County take a minute today, to complete their household the Census. The Census helps us determine representation in the US Congress as well our fair share of resources for critical community needs like health care, emergency response, school lunch programs, housing benefits, and basic infrastructure support.
It is no April Fool's joke, our community collectively lost an estimated $390 million in funding over the last decade because of an undercount of citizens in the 2010 census.
As of August 4, Alachua County has surpassed it’s 2010 self-response rate and is at 62.4%. Let’s not stop there! Four in ten households still haven’t participated. Our community goal is to be at least 80%. Alachua County can't get there without your help.
So please, if you have not already done so, count everyone that resides in your home today.
Completing the census is fast and easy with a variety of options:
If none of those options are available to you today, please keep an eye open for the paper form to arrive soon by mail and complete it ASAP.
We’re all working together to get through pandemic.
Part of our recovery effort and future funding opportunities for Alachua County will depend upon the Federal Government knowing exactly how many people reside in Alachua County.
Please continue to do your part, help our community, and make sure everyone is counted.
Remember, we are Counting On You.
One of the most powerful things you can do for your community is to participate in the Census. Your participation helps ensure your community receives the funding it deserves for important services and programs. An accurate and complete 2020 Census count is vital to Alachua County, as Census data is used to determine how more than $675 billion in federal government resources will be distributed each year for the next decade to states and localities.
US Census enumerators are out knocking on our doors! Don’t wait for them to come by to fill out your census. If you can, please respond on your own. Every response matters! Census data informs funding for health care,
public transportation, schools, and job assistance programs. Over the next decade, lawmakers and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions about community services in your area.
The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
Remember, you only have till September 30, to complete your census.
Your community’s future will be shaped by your census response.The time is now—don’t risk losing these critical benefits and don’t wait to be counted! Respond today at 2020census.gov.
We’re Counting on You!