We all pay taxes to the Federal and State Government. Each time Lake County experiences a crisis (fire, flood, COVID-19) it reminds me of the federal and state resources that come back to support our county and cities. Frequently, these resources are dependent on having an accurate count of our population. This count is completed every 10 years during the census.
April 1, 2020 is census day. Much of schools federal funding (special education, school nutrition, after school programs, etc.) is determined by census information. Our county and city governments also receive funds based on the census information. It is important that we all participate in the census.
2020 Census Timeline
March 2020 - Mailings begin, including letters with an invitation to participate in the online survey.
April 1, 2020 - Census Day
May - July - Follow-up with non-respondents
About the Census
The U.S. Constitution requires a count of America's population be taken each decade.
There are many census products, including the American Community Survey (ACS) —an ongoing national survey—and the upcoming decennial survey. Children's hospitals use census data for everything from research and quality improvement to needs assessments and staffing decisions.
Every year, the federal government distributes hundreds of billions of dollars to states and localities based on census data, including funds for new roads, schools and emergency services—and for programs that children's hospitals and families rely on, including Medicaid; Head Start; Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and others.
For the first time, people can respond to the census online (as well as by phone or mail). Federal law protects the confidentiality of all individual responses the Census Bureau collects.
Encourage those you know to complete the census. Doing so will help position Lake County to respond to crisis in the future. It will allow LCOE to support students, schools, districts and the community.