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Why does the Census matter?

The Census determines who gets money and power. Every ten years, the population of the United States is counted in order to distribute money and political representation. For every person who is counted, about $2,000 will go to a local community. Snohomish County is part of a fast growing region and it is important we receive our fair share of money and power. If we don’t have everyone counted, other states will get some of our share of federal resources.
How do you get counted in the Census?

This is the first census that will be primarily conducted on-line. In March of 2020, you will receive a letter inviting you to take the census. If you have not completed the census online by April 8, you will receive a reminder letter with a paper survey. Census staff may follow up for in person interviews in May-July 2020.
Census Timeline

  • March 12 - 20, 2020      Invitation postcards sent to households 
  • March 16 - April 4          Reminder letters sent 
  • April 1                            Census Day. Used as a reference when filling out the form
  • April 8 - 16                     Paper surveys sent to those who have not responded 
  • May - July                      In person follow-ups by Census Enumerators 
What is in it for you?

If you care about transportation, homelessness, public safety, energy, and the many other issues affecting our community, you should care about the census. Almost $700 BILLION in funds are dispersed by formula based on the census results.