Together we shape the future of our community
Every ten years our nation conducts a count of everyone living in the United States, this is known as the Decennial Census. This count is so important it is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Ensure our community’s story is told by completing the 2020 Census.
Your response is important to our community
The Census determines the number of Congressional seats for each state. Since the 2000 Census, Pennsylvania has lost three Congressional seats. Pennsylvania is in range to lose an additional seat based on the 2020 Census count.
The data also informs where over $675 billion in federal funding is spent each year in states and communities. According to a study from George Washington University, for each person not counted in the census our community loses approximately $2,100 a year each year for ten years. This includes funding for programs such as:
- Medicare and Medicaid
- Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
- Education grants for schools
- Supplemental nutritional programs (SNAP and WIC)
- Housing programs
- Community Development Block Grant funding
- Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant
Responding Is Safe
Strict federal law protects your personal information. Identifying information cannot be shared with any outside agency including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), landlords, or other agencies. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding our community receives.
Responding Is Easy
The 2020 Census survey is nine questions and takes about ten minutes to complete. You can respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail. You can choose the option that works best for you.
Please visit 2020CENSUS.GOV for more information and to complete your census today.
The Erie County Census Outreach project was funded through a Multi-municipal Collaboration Grant from the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.