WEST CHESTER, PA — Today, April 1, 2020, is Census Day – an event which happens but once every ten years and serves as a key reference day for the 2020 Census. By today, all homes have received an invitation to participate in the census, and residents must fill out the census based on where they live as of Census Day.
Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline encourage all Chester County households to fill out the 2020 Census online, over the phone, or by mail.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported that as of March 30, 2020, the Chester County response rate was the highest in Pennsylvania at 44.5 percent, compared to the Pennsylvania response rate of 37.5 percent, and the national response rate of 36.2 percent. See more at https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html.
“Now, more than ever, it is vitally important for residents to fill out the 2020 Census,” said Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz. “Many federally-funded programs distribute grants based on population. As our county recovers from the impacts of COVID-19 in 2020 and beyond, we need to ensure that Chester County residents get their appropriate share of funding.”
Commissioner Josh Maxwell touched on the importance of all residents filling out the census, noting that, “Our state and federal legislative districts are based on the 2020 Census figures so we must make sure we have proper representation in Chester County. All responses to the census are confidential by law and no citizenship questions are asked.”
In September 2019, the County established a Census 2020 Complete Count Committee. This group of local volunteers developed and implemented a census awareness campaign for the County and welcomed Census “Champions” – organizations that have helped to get information about the Census to all communities in Chester County.
“The work of our Census Champions has been vital in getting the message out about the importance, ease and confidentiality of the census, and we thank everyone who volunteered,” added Commissioner Maxwell.
Commenting on Chester County’s growth over the last decade, Commissioner Michelle Kichline said, “Just last week, the Census Bureau reported that the 2019 population estimate for Chester County was 524,989, a five percent increase from the 2010 census count. As our population continues to grow, we must make sure we have an accurate count so we fully understand, and can fund, the needs of our communities and businesses.”
All county residents should complete their census responses as soon as possible; however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for filling out the census has been extended to August 14, 2020.
For more information about completing the 2020 Census, visit 2020Census.gov.
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