The Census Matters To You
The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our community—you and me, where we live, and so much more.
The results are critically important because this once-a-decade census data helps businesses, researchers, and communities make decisions. The data can help inform where our community needs new parks, funding for school lunches, or new roads.
The Census also collects data that is valuable for businesses, which rely on census results to help make decisions such as where to open new stores, where to expand operations, and which products and services to offer.
The Census is a vital tool in Family History work. After 72 years Census data is released to the public. Filling out an accurate Census Form will help future generations.
An Accurate Count Affects Us Directly
What Is the 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.
The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. Each home, apartment and residential address will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online.
Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and our community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.
The Census and Madison County
The decimal census is specifically required in the United States Constitution. But ensuring a complete and accurate enumeration is up to us. The Madison Complete Count Committee feels that the 2010 Census in Madison County resulted in a significant undercounting of the true population of Madison County.
For example, the Census Bureau estimates the City of Rexburg’s 2018 population as 28,687. But an examination of household sizes, and the number of new residential construction (BYU-Idaho single student housing, multi-family community housing, and new single-family residences) built between 2013 and 2019 adds an additional population of 4,686. Therefore, Rexburg’s population should be over 33,000, significantly more than the 28,687 estimated by the Census Bureau.
What does this mean? Due to this undercount, the City of Rexburg stands to lose out on over $398,000 in directly redistributed state money (based solely or in part on population), and over $6,560,000 in federal money (again, based solely or in part on population), each year. That is over $69,000,000 over 10 years! This is money that could go towards education, roads, parks, social services, infrastructure and more.
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Whether you are live here year-round, or if you are a: student, seasonal resident, or foreign citizen the 2020 Census wants to know where your place of residence will be on April 1, 2020. If you will be living in Madison County on April 1, 2020 we want you to be counted!
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