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April 29, 2020 in Local News

CCYP is Here to Answer Your Census Questions!

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The 2020 Census is happening now and we need YOU to participate! The Census will impact many aspects of our community for the next ten years and, without your help, Cape Cod may not be represented accurately. Read our FAQs below or visit https://2020census.gov/en.html to learn more!

What is the 2020 Census?

The goal of the census is to count every person living in the United States, once, only once and in the right place. Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that this population and housing count occur every 10 years.

Why is the Census important?

The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.

Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. The results are also used to adjust or redraw electoral districts, based on where populations have increased or decreased.

How will Census results impact Cape Cod?

In short, the 2020 Census will shape our future. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.

Census results affect planning and funding for infrastructure—including programs for highway planning and construction, Section 8 housing, federal transit, community development, and rural water and waste disposal systems.

In the past, Census data has showed that our community is seeing the widespread out-migration of young workers. However, young adults are considered a hard to count population, implying many young adults do not complete the Census. Having accurate counts of young adults and families is incredibly important to our community, ensuring our local governments and politicians consider the needs of young adults and families as critical.

How is Barnstable County's response rate?

As of April 24th, Barnstable County only has a 37.2% response rate, lagging behind the total Massachusetts response rate of 54.9%. To check response rates, visit https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html.

How do I complete the 2020 Census?

Visit https://my2020census.gov/ today!