Often, we hear about how important it is to have your vote counted and indeed it is. There is another important way to be counted. In 2020, America comes together to count every person living in the United States. This count is done through the Census.
The first census was taken in 1790 as mandated by the Constitution of the United States. I never realized how important this count is and how it effects the City of Euclid, Cuyahoga County and the State of Ohio.
The numbers gathered during the census are used for 10 years, until the next census is performed. Because they are used for such a long time, it is really important that they are as accurate as possible.
Why is an accurate census so important?
Did you know that because of the count in the 2010 census, the state of Ohio lost 2 seats in Congress. Congressional representation is based on population. That is two less voices we have representing the state of Ohio during critical votes that effect all of us. That is two less voices helping to distribute $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities. That funding impacts housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and other issues of public policy.
It is estimated that every person that is not counted, represents a loss of $1,800.00 per year annually for the next 10 years. That loss in funding can come in a variety of ways. Businesses make decisions on where to building factories, office and stores according to census information. That translates into an increased tax base and local jobs.
You’re going to hear a lot about the 2020 Census and the importance of participating in it over the next six months. History has shown that certain populations are often under-represented. Those populations include those living in rental homes/apartments and children under 5. Cuyahoga County, and Euclid in particular, will be making a special effort to see that everyone gets counted.
What can you do to make the 2020 Census successful?
- Educate yourself about the 2020 Census. If you would like some information on the census, visit http://executive.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/2020-Census.aspx
- Complete the census information for you and encourage friends and family to do the same.
- Get involved in community efforts to make sure everyone is counted. The Census Bureau is hiring thousands of workers for good paying jobs (starting at $18.00/hr.) They need workers right here in Euclid. Go to: https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.
I will continue to provide information about the 2020 Census. It’s confidential. It’s easy to complete and it’s important!
Vice President of Moore Counseling and Mediation Services, Inc., Councilman for Euclid Ward 2 and Associate Minister at Lake Shore Christian Church. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org