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Montgomery County Census 2020

everyone counts in Montgomery CountyEVERYONE COUNTS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY!  All United States residents must be counted, including citizens and those residents who are not citizens. 

everyone counts in Montgomery CountyEvery 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States.

  • It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress.
  • Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools, and emergency services.
  • County agencies, businesses, and non-profits all use census data to inform planning decisions that help provide more services, local jobs, and potentially better places to shop. 

Each year, the federal government distributes hundreds of billions of dollars to states and communities based on U.S. Census Bureau data. In 2020, new technology will be introduced to make it easier than ever to respond to the census. For the first time, you will be able to respond online, by phone, or by mail.

everyone counts in Montgomery CountyThe 2020 Census directly impacts how much federal funding the State of Maryland will receive over the next decade. It is predicted that the State of Maryland will receive $16,398,153,415 from 55 large federal programs for resources such as schools, hospitals, and infrastructure. Failure to obtain a complete and accurate census count may lead to Maryland losing millions of dollars in federal funding that supports programs that benefit Montgomery County residents.
Census data is also used to determine the level of federal funding for programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children (SNAP/WIC), Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and highway and transportation projects.
  • Every year, the federal government allocates more than $675 Billion in funding based on census data.
  • Every Marylander not counted costs the state approximately $18,250 over 10 years – this equates to the state losing $26.6 Billion (based on historical U.S. Census undercount).
  • Census data is used to plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.

How Can You Get Involved?

  • The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.  Apply online here.
  • Sign up to become a Census ambassador or volunteer here.
  • Host a 2020 Census Party.  Invite 10 to 15 of your closest family, friends, or neighbors to a BBQ, Brunch, or Roast on Census Day, April 1st to eat, play, and provide access and resources to complete the 2020 Census online
  • Donate to our 2020 Census Outreach Fund through the Community Foundation of Greater Washington.  (Link to be provided)

For more information, contact;

Diane Vu
Director, Office of Community Partnerships

Shawn Ellis
Montgomery County 2020 Census Manager

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