April 1st across the United States was Census Day. And by the Chair's March 10, proclamation, that everyone in the County take a minute today, to complete their household the Census. The Census helps us determine representation in the US Congress as well our fair share of resources for critical community needs like health care, emergency response, school lunch programs, housing benefits, and basic infrastructure support.
It is no April Fool's joke, our community collectively lost an estimated $390 million in funding over the last decade because of an undercount of citizens in the 2010 census.
As of April 3, Alachua County's response rate is only 42.1%. Our community goal is to be at least 80%. Alachua County can't get there without your help.
So please, if you have not already done so, count everyone that resides in your home today.
Completing the census is fast and easy with a variety of options:
If none of those options are available to you today, please keep an eye open for the paper form to arrive soon by mail and complete it ASAP.
We’re all working together to get through pandemic.
Part of our recovery effort and future funding opportunities for Alachua County will depend upon the Federal Government knowing exactly how many people reside in Alachua County.
Please continue to do your part, help our community, and make sure everyone is counted.
Remember, we are Counting On You.
One of the most powerful things you can do for your community is to participate in the Census. Your participation helps ensure your community receives the funding it deserves for important services and programs. An accurate and complete 2020 Census count is vital to Alachua County, as Census data is used to determine how more than $675 billion in federal government resources will be distributed each year for the next decade to states and localities.