The city of Glendale is working to make sure every resident is counted in the upcoming census.
Beginning March 12, residents began receiving a postcard invitation in the mail from the United States Census Bureau. The 2020 U.S. Census is quick, safe and critically important to community services like public safety, education, healthcare, libraries, parks, senior services, transportation and housing.
The U.S. Constitution mandates that all people be counted every 10 years in a national census. This provides an accurate count that significantly impacts the city of Glendale. A lot is at stake. Census numbers will determine how over $700 billion in federal funding will be divided between states and communities every year for the next decade. Every person counted represents over $3,000 annually in state and federal funding making Arizona’s share an estimated $13 billion.
This funding supports vital programs such as public safety, street maintenance, Head Start, National School Lunch Program, homebuyer programs, Section 8 housing, highway planning and construction, supplemental nutrition assistance program and more.
The census also determines election districts, so being undercounted means that Glendale will not receive its fair share of representation in the state and federal government. At a neighborhood level, an accurate count could help planners to determine where schools, roads, hospitals, childcare centers, senior centers and other essential services will be built.
The 2020 Census will be the first time the internet is used as the primary response option followed by telephone and mail options making it easier than ever to be counted.
Here’s what the Glendale community can expect during the census:
While the United States Census Bureau conducts the census, it also requires support from local governments, businesses, nonprofits and community leaders to ensure success. Now is just the start of our outreach, Glendale residents will be hearing more about this endeavor in the weeks to come.
Once you receive the invitation, take 10 minutes to complete it in the format that is most convenient to you. Those 10 minutes will have a lasting impact on the community for the next 10 years.
Glendale is counting on you!