Every 10 years, the Census counts every person living in the United States and your response matters. The 2020 Census is more than a population count; it’s an opportunity to shape your community’s future. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year and the results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. The Census results affect your community every day—it determines how many school lunches should be provided, future plans for highways, support of firefighters and families in need, helps communities respond to natural disasters, secure funding for hospitals, and much more

As a proud sponsor of the 2020 Census, Urban Land Conservancy hopes to provide clarity on the process to ensure everyone is counted. Here are three things you should know about the count: 

  1. By April 1, every home across the country will receive an invitation to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond on behalf of all the members in your household in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail
  2. The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential. By law, it cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. 
  3. Approximately $880 billion will be allocated across the U.S. based on Census counts for Medicaid, SNAP, schools, hospitals, Free & Reduced Lunch, and more. Colorado will receive approximately $13 billion annually, or $2,300 per person. That means we lose $23,000 per person over 10 years if you go uncounted. 

Your voice can make a difference to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be counted. Tell everyone—your friends and family, neighbors and co-workers—that you will complete the census, and that they should respond now, too!