Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the federal government undertakes a census of the U.S. population to determine the allocation of seats held by each state in the House of Representatives. The next federal census is April 1, 2020.
- Census forms will begin arriving in mid-March 2020 and they should be returned no later than Census Day, April 1st, 2020. Responses to the census form should include everyone living at that address. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the Census has been extended until October 31, 2020.
- Every year, the federal government distributes more than $675 billion to state and local governments based on census data. Census data guides local planning decisions, including where to provide additional social services, build new roads, hospitals and schools and where to locate job-training centers.
An accurate census count is vital to obtain federal funding for:
- Economic Development
- Public Schools and Early Education & Care
- Political Power
- Public Health
WCAC is proud to be a member of the Community Census Coalition to ensure that everyone is counted!