Why the Census Matters
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The 2020 Census will count everyone who lives in the U.S. as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day). Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and to inform how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by local, state, and federal lawmakers every year for the next 10 years. Completing the Census questionnaire helps allocate federal funds to our state and community for things such as... responding to a global pandemic.
As a nation, we are facing an unprecedented challenge to our ability to complete the United States Census due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Clay County Complete Count Committee is closely monitoring the U.S. Census Bureau’s recommendations on how to proceed. All Census Day kick-off plans, including the Community Questionnaire Assistance Centers, will be postponed until further notice. We will continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving situation and provide an update when one is available.