SIOUX CITY COUNTS!
The United States Constitution mandates a complete count of all persons residing in the country every ten years. 2020 marks the next decennial, so the Sioux City region is gearing up to ensure a complete count of all residents.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Census data is used to distribute over $675 billion annually in federal funds to states and our communities. Inaccurate data simply means Sioux City misses out on federal and grant funds that help maintain and expand infrastructure, build new schools and hospitals, and support programs that keep our community healthy and safe.
HOW DOES IT SPECIFICALLY AFFECT US LOCALLY?
Estimates predict that Iowa and Nebraska each lose about $4,400 per year for every person not counted spread over 316 federally-funded programs. At that rate, it would only take an undercount of 100 Sioux Citians to potentially lose $4.4 million in much-needed federal funding – our own tax dollars – to fund our schools, roads, hospitals, emergency responders, and much, much more.
WHO SHOULD RESPOND?
EVERYONE! As our region grows in diversity, it is increasingly important that we reach out to historically undercounted populations in our community – Native Americans, immigrant and minority populations, and families with young children - to help them understand the importance of the Census and encourage them to be counted.
WHEN IS THE CENSUS?
The Census counts everyone living in the United States on April 1, 2020 - citizens and non-citizens, U.S.-born and foreign-born, from babies to the elderly. Everyone.
IS IT SAFE TO SHARE MY INFORMATION?
Yes. By law, the information cannot be shared with law enforcement, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the Internal Revenue Service. Title 13 is clear that the data collected can only be used for statistical purposes and your privacy is protected.
HOW CAN I COMPLETE THE CENSUS?
The 2020 Census will be more accessible than ever. It’s easy, safe and it's confidential to respond to the census. It will only take a few minutes to complete the census survey – which will be available online for the first time.
- Online: Each household will receive a postcard with a personal code to complete the census online via computer or smart phone.
- By phone: If you prefer, you will be able to call to complete the census by phone in 13 languages.
- By mail: Call to request a hard copy form in over 59 languages to complete and return by Census day. Paper questionnaires will be mailed in mid-April to those who have not responded online or by phone.
Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), residents are encouraged to complete their census online. If you don't have a personal code, you may still complete the 2020 Census.
Learn more at the U.S. Census website.
SIOUX CITY JOURNAL Article - March 29, 2020
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