The 2020 Census is here, and the Sept. 30 deadline for responses is fast approaching! Every citizen – especially here in Sussex County and across the First State – matters when it comes to determining a complete and accurate count. Sussex County government is encouraging everyone to do their part and perform this American civic duty before time runs out.
Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a census, as required by the United States Constitution, to determine the nation’s population. But this decennial process is more than simply a headcount. It provides important information about our population and supplies critical data vital to determining everything from congressional and legislative districts to the amount of federal funding allocated to states, counties and municipalities. Some $675 billion in federal funding - $3 billion of that for dozens of programs here in Delaware - and how those funds will be divided among communities, is at stake as a result of the upcoming 2020 Census.
That’s why your information matters! An accurate count of the growing and diversifying population here in Sussex County will ensure Delaware wins the federal dollars our communities and citizens deserve, whether it’s for senior programs, land preservation, transportation improvements, and so much more. The needs of our communities have never been more apparent than during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has illustrated the critical importance of local, state, and federal services. And every dollar counts. But time is running out!
So, how can you help? It’s easy! Before Sept. 30, 2020, fill out the census questionnaire you should have received in the mail this past spring. If you didn't receive one or cannot locate it, no problem! Simply go online using a smartphone, tablet, or computer, or dial the designated toll-free number for your language to complete the process. Any way you do it, the process takes less than 10 minutes, but it could have a lasting effect for years to come!