Now is the time to be counted, but it’s also the time to maintain your health by keeping a safe distance (at least six feet) from each other as much as possible. Fortunately, these two things are a good match. For the first time ever, the United State Census can be completed online or by phone, meaning that physical distancing offers you the perfect opportunity to respond and make sure that #MissouriCounts
The Census is also a reminder of being connected to something larger- that each of us is a part of our country. Designed to provide an official count of the United States population and used to determine how federal funding is allocated, the Census is built into our Constitution and has happened every ten years since 1790.
The 2020 Census will be the basis for state allocation of federal funds for the next decade, which is likely to include massive economic development and health funding. For every adult or child that goes uncounted, Missouri will lose $1300 per person per year. Those are funds that won’t go to our hospitals, health centers, schools and food programs.
Whether you received your Census information in the mail earlier this year or are just now preparing for it. You can complete it online, by phone or paper. For more information go to the United States Census 2020 website and make sure to be counted in 2020.