Here’s an easy way that you can help your community—Take 10 for St. Peters!
You might have heard that the next U.S. Census is planned for 2020. The process will start over the next few months. When you take 10 minutes to answer the census, you’re helping your hometown with an accurate count so that we can participate in federal programs and get funding for projects right here in St. Peters. Accurate information also helps with things like economic development to attract new businesses and jobs and keep businesses here in St. Peters.
Why Answer the Census?
The information that the 2020 Census collects will help determine how more than $675 billion worth of federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year. The census is also important in many other ways, including: decision making at all levels of government; drawing federal, state and local legislative districts; and attracting new businesses to state and local areas.
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
For example, in the City of St. Peters, we receive a certain amount of Community Development Block Grant dollars for programs that assist home improvement and repair needs for qualifying St. Peters residents and families, lawn mowing needs for seniors or disabled residents, and transportation for seniors or disabled residents to medical appointments, shopping trips and other essential needs.
The City of St. Peters also draws federal assistance for many of our community’s transportation improvement projects.
If we count every resident in St. Peters, we will be sure to get our fair share of our federal funds returned to our community.
Plus, It’s the Law
Article 1, Section 2, of our nation’s Constitution mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790. Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau.
Ways to Respond
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
The 2020 Census marks the first time you’ll have the option to respond online. You can even respond on your mobile device.
Who Counts as Part of Your Home?
If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes anyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time. If someone is staying in your home on April 1, and has no usual home elsewhere, you should count them in your response to the 2020 Census.
Counting Young Children
It is important to remember to count any children who are living with you. This includes:
- All children who live in your home, including foster children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and the children of friends (even if they are living with you temporarily).
- Children who split their time between homes, if they are living with you on April 1, 2020.
- Newborn babies, even those who are born on April 1, 2020, or who are still in the hospital on this date.
Only 10 Minutes
The census form asks fewer than 10 questions for each person in your household. Questions concern your name, sex, age, date of birth, race, household relationship, and whether you rent or own your home. We estimate that it will take just 10 minutes to fill out.
Click here to learn more about the 2020 Census.