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Why does the Census matter?

Every ten years, the population of the United States is counted in order to determine who receives federal funding and political representation. For every person who is counted in the census, about $2,000 will go to a local program or service per year. Snohomish County is part of a fast growing region in need of a 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. You will also be able to respond by phone or mail. In March of 2020, you will receive a letter inviting you to take the census. If you have not completed the census online or by phone 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. 

If you need any kind of assistance filling out your form, please visit any Sno-Isle Library or join us at one of our events countywide. For a full list of events, visit the Calendar of Events section on the left menu.
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.