Census 2020 Information

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Everybody counts! 

The 2020 Census Count is getting underway and we want the residents of Fife to know that everyone counts! The census is a once in a decade opportunity to influence decisions that directly affect your daily life. Census numbers are used to understand the local population and determine funding for everyday resources like preschool programs, health care, transportation and affordable housing.

There’s a lot at stake in the 2020 Census. It will determine how more than $800 Billion in federal funding is given each year. Help us ensure Pierce County and the City of Fife get an accurate count and a fair share.

Head to census.gov or call 1-800-992-3530 to learn more and get started. Here is some vital background information about the count.

How funding decisions could impact your daily lives

  • Many important decisions in Pierce County are driven by the census.
  • Highway construction, train service, and bus stops are located based on census data that captures the number of people in a community, and whether those residents use public transportation or drive their own cars.
  • Pierce Transit uses census numbers to figure out where bus service will expand. A 10 percent undercount can eliminate the possibility of getting easier access to public transportation.
  • A major Pierce County medical provider uses census data to determine where new clinics are located.
  • Population counts from the census control redistricting and how many representatives we get at the county, state, and national level.
  • An undercount in Pierce County could translate to a loss of adequate representation.
  • A 17% undercount in the county is equivalent to the loss of an entire legislative district.

Why the census is important for all of us

Everyone living in Pierce County deserves to be heard. When individuals and communities are not counted in the census, we miss out on critical funding, political representation and a wealth of perspectives that make Pierce County a great place to live.

You know your family and your community best. Taking the census helps us make sure that those in power know we are here and know what we need.

Think about some of the issues that are most important to you: a high-quality education for your kids, transportation to get you where you need to go and health care to keep you and your family well. These are some of the many resources that are funded based on census data.

By taking the census, you’re making sure your needs are counted when these issues like transportation, education, and health care are addressed in our county. Everyone, in every community, benefits when we have a fair and accurate count.

Billions of dollars of economic activity are determined based on census data. For example, when a grocery chain decides to open a new store, it looks at census data to determine whether Pierce County is the right place to open the shop. Having accurate representation of Pierce County could bring more business and employment opportunities to our communities.

Basic census information

For more than 100 years, the United States has used the census to get a detailed count of each and every person living in the country.

The census is taken every 10 years and includes a few simple questions about your income, household, and gender and racial identities.

Data collected from the census helps determine how much federal funding communities across the country receive to fund everyday resources like health care, education and transportation. Census data also determines how many representatives each state has in Congress. 

People can start taking part of the census as early as March 12, 2020.

The census is offered in 13 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean, Arabic, Tagalog, Portuguese, French, Haitian Creole, Polish and Japanese.

2020 is the first year that the census will be offered online. Your online responses will be kept safe and private, and the online option makes it easier than ever to participate. Responses will also be collected by mail, over the phone and in-person.

Your responses will be kept confidential. Your name will not be shared with anyone, and your answers will not be used to identify you or your family. It is against the law to share your census information with anyone outside the census department.

You can find complete information about the 2020 Census here.

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