Looking for a way you can help your state and city during these difficult times?
One thing you can do is make sure you participate in the current U.S. census.
“It’s never been easier to participate in the U.S. Census, even while Sacramento is under a ‘Stay at Home’ order,” Daniel Sanchez, the City’s U.S. Census liaison.
Residents can participate in the federally mandated count of the population by taking the questionnaire online, by phone or by mail.
“The census is important because it determines how much federal money is spent in every state, county and city,” said Sanchez.
According to the U.S. Census website, “every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.”
The results also determine how congressional and state legislative districts are drawn as well as how many seats each state gets assigned to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Completing the census is easy. Participants will answer questions about themselves and everyone who lives with them on or after April 1, 2020. The deadline to take the census online is Aug. 14.
It’s important to note that the Census Bureau does not ask for social security numbers, money, nor anything on behalf of a political party. It does not ask for bank or credit card information nor citizenship status.
Households on March 12 began receiving invitations to fill out the questionnaire in the mail. Residents who did not receive anything in the mail can still participate online or by phone.
The census has occurred every 10 years since 1790; 2020 count will be its 24th count of the population..