The 2020 census is coming up and we want all Marion residents to participate in this important civic event.
What is the Census?
The census, conducted once every 10 years, is the constitutionally-required count of every person living in the United States. The census asks questions about all the people who live and sleep in a household as of April 1, 2020 – including babies and anyone staying in the household who has no other permanent place to stay.
Why Participation Matters
The Census determines how many representatives Iowa gets in Congress and which states get billions of dollars in federal funding for roads, health care, low-income programs and other projects.
Specifically, when you fill out the census, you help:
- Determine how many seats Iowa gets in Congress
- Guide how more than $600 billion in federal funding is distributed to states each year that go toward housing assistance, road improvements, hospitals, and much more.
In Fiscal Year 2016, Iowa received approximately $8.7 Billion through 55 federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census.
How to Respond – Watch the Mail
Every household in America will receive a letter in the mail with information on how to respond. You can respond to the census by phone, mail, or online.
Your responses are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way.
What is Marion doing for the Census?
A regional Complete Count Committee comprised of leaders from Linn County, City of Marion, City of Cedar Rapids, public libraries, community organizations, and more. The purpose of this committee is to get the word out to everyone in Linn County that the Census is coming and why it is important to participate.