Census Day is April 1! Get Informed, Get Involved, and Get Counted!
What is the Census?
The decennial census is a nationwide count mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2020, we as Delawareans have an incredible opportunity to positively affect our state’s future for the next 10 years and beyond.
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
Why Should I Participate?
There is a significant amount of money at stake for Delaware! Being counted ensures that our state gets funding for the following programs, and many more.
- Federal Direct Student Loans
- Highway Planning and Construction
- Federal Pell Grant Program
- Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid)
- Medicare Supply. Medical Insurance (Part B)
- Very Low to Moderate Income Housing Loans
- State Children’s Health Insurance Program
- Head Start
- Vocational Rehabilitation
How Will I Know What To Do?
In a couple of weeks, every household in the state will receive an invitation with a URL and a Census ID code to participate in the Census. Using the URL, you’ll be able to complete your Census online! The invitation will also contain a phone number that you can call to complete the Census, ask questions, or request a paper questionnaire. If you are in need of a computer to complete your census, you can go to your local library and or community center!
It is up to us to make sure all Delawareans are counted, and it’s easier than ever to get involved!
Visit census.delaware.gov to access a number of print resources you can download and share at your job or local coffee shop, and sign up to volunteer!
Own a business? Become a Census Partner! Census partners are vital to ensuring a complete and accurate count. As trusted voices in the community, you play a key role in raising awareness that the 2020 Census is easy, safe, and important. Click here to learn more.
Following the Delaware Census on social media will give you immediate access to daily content you can share with your friends and family, see when and where Delaware Census Events are happening, and make the pledge to being counted by RSVPing to Census Day! Sharing content is the easiest way to getting involved. Anytime you share something related to Delaware Census, be sure to use #DelawareCounts to help spread the word!
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