As of Nov. 25, a new website is live as part of St. Louis County’s efforts to encourage widespread participation in the upcoming 2020 Census.
Every decade, the federal government surveys each state, city and county for updated population data. This information is then evaluated and used to reapportion congressional seats and determine how much federal funds states and counties receive.
There is a direct, proportional relationship between census participation, accurate population counts, and earned federal dollars flowing into communities.
“County-wide participation in the upcoming census is crucial for how County government is run,” St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said in an official release. “The more accurate the statistical data, the more representative the federal funds St. Louis County receives – ensuring that County budgets can function in the best interests of those we serve.”
Any information received through the census remains protected by federal law and can only be used to formulate statistical information. All St. Louis County residents, regardless of immigration or governmental assistance status, are being encouraged to participate. Any and all provided answers are confidential and cannot be shared with immigration or law enforcement agencies.
“Census participation is our civic duty,” Ethel Byndom, director for the Office of Community Empowerment, said. “It places us within our neighborhoods, districts, and counties and asks the federal government to recognize the communities we’ve all built. Census dollars help sustain and elevate communities that may be struggling and give them the opportunity to thrive.”
St. Louis County residents have multiple ways to complete the census survey. In March 2020, a survey will be mailed through the U.S. Postal Service to all addresses within the county. Residents will also have the ability to complete the survey by phone or online. Each resident’s response will only be counted once.
More information can be found on the official St. Louis County 2020 Census website, www.census-2020-stlcogis.hub.arcgis.com/