Have you filled out your census form yet?

If not, consider what’s at stake. “The 2020 Census helps determine where over $675 billion are distributed for things like schools, hospitals, roadway projects and public works,” says Rick Soto, chair of the census committee for the city of Lorain. “It’s important that our communities get our fair share of these funds.”

In December, the Lorain County Commissioners formed the Complete Count Committee. “We wanted to have a coordinated effort to make sure we have as many people counted as possible,” says Commissioner Matt Lundy.

Every person counted equates to $1,200 in federal funding a year for 10 years.

“The more federal dollars we can receive the less we have to depend on our communities and foundations to fill the holes,” adds Lundy. “You only get one shot at this every 10 years so you have to make the most of it. We have to make sure families get the support they need.” 

In addition to funding, Soto says that Ohio is at risk of losing a congressional seat. With high compliance, however, he says we “absolutely” could keep that seat.

Due to COVID-19, the census count was extended from July 31 to Oct. 31 — and field workers should be able to begin visits to non-responding households by early June.

The census can be filled out in less than 10 minutes at census.gov or by calling 800-354-7271.