“Dozens of federal programs rely on census information to allocate funding for neighborhood improvements, public health, education and transportation,” says City Manager Kerry Miller. “With recent decreases in state money, it is more crucial than ever to achieve an accurate and complete count of our residents.”
Census data directly affects how more than $300 billion per year in federal and state funding is distributed to communities. In California, approximately $1,300 per person will be lost over the next 10 years for every person not counted in Census 2010.
U.S. Census officials also note that California might lose a congressional seat if there is an undercount of residents. In the last census, California had an undercount of 1.5 percent, higher than other states.
The census counts all children and adults living in the United States, both citizens and non-citizens. The person completing the questionnaire should include information about all household members who live and sleep at that address most of the year.
Participation in the census is required by the U.S. Constitution and federal law. The Census Bureau is required to keep all census information confidential. Census takers will follow up with households that do not return questionnaires by April 1.
Additional information is available at www.2010.census.gov.