The city of Glendale is working to make sure every resident is counted in the next U.S. Census, which will be April 1, 2020.
Glendale is working closely with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure it will be fast and easy for everyone to take part while safeguarding confidential information.
The U.S. Constitution mandates that all people be counted every 10 years in a national census. An accurate count significantly impacts the city of Glendale and the quality of life for those who live here, making it important that everyone takes part in the census.
A lot is at stake. Census numbers will determine how almost $700 billion in federal funding will be divided between states and communities every year for the next decade. Arizona’s share is estimated at $13 billion. Sources of state funding are also divided based on population.
Combined, that’s almost $23,000 per person for the next 10 years. This funding supports vital programs such as public safety, street maintenance, Head Start, National School Lunch Program, home-buyer programs, Section 8 housing, highway planning and construction, supplemental nutrition assistance program and more.
The census also makes sure citizens’ voices are heard in Washington, D.C. Census numbers determine representation in Congress. Because of Arizona’s rapid growth, the state could gain another seat in the United States House of Representatives after the census.
At a neighborhood level an accurate count could help planners determine where schools, roads, hospitals, childcare centers, senior centers and other essential services will be built. These are important issues and that’s why participation by all in Glendale is a right and responsibility for residents.
To make it easier to participate, the census is changing with the times. This will be the first time the internet will be the primary response option. Individuals will now be able to respond to the 2020 census online, by phone or by mail, which means everyone can decide how to respond in a way that is convenient for them.
Here’s a brief overview of how the census will work.
While the United States Census Bureau conducts the census, it also requires support from local governments, businesses, nonprofits and community leaders to ensure success. Now is just the start of the outreach process, Glendale residents will be hearing more about this endeavor in the months to come.
For more information on what to expect in 2020, visit 2020census.gov.