What is the Census?
The Census is a complete of the U.S. population and is conducted every 10 years. Many government functions at the federal, state and local level depend on a complete count to carry out services essential to the quality of life in communities across the country.
Two reasons to fill out the 2020 Census:
- The Two of the main uses of census data revolve around representation and federal funding. The count is used to determine how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives, and is essential to ensuring the community gets a voice in the government.
- Census data are also used to determine how to distribute federal funding. A complete count gives government officials the information needed to plan for the allocation of funds to support health, welfare, education, public safety and transportation programs throughout our communities.
How Teton County benefits from the 2020 Census:
- Distributing public safety personnel
- Locating areas for more transportation access
- Giving funding to public institutions like schools, hospitals, roads, public works
- Emergency preparedness resources
- Road building
- Health and welfare programs
Census information ensures we have a voice in government and the data ensures a number of community programs are supported. The info gives county and city officials an idea of where to distribute public safety and emergency preparedness resources.
It gives city planners data to justify where to build new roads, which communities need more access to public transportation and where more housing needs to be built.
Public institutions like schools, hospitals, libraries can receive the funding they need to promote their community services. A complete count also ensures Jackson and communities across Teton County receive their fair share of funding to sustain health and welfare programs.
All the ways the census benefits this community, is impossible to list but it is clear the city and county need a complete count to continue to receive the support and information needed to promote safety, welfare and higher quality of life for all its residents.
What residency means to the census:
The Census counts every person, one, in the right place. You will be counted at your current place of residence at the time of the survey. Even if Jackson isn’t your “forever home” it is your current residency and it’s where you should be counted.
Receiving and filling out the survey:
Every home and apartment will receive a survey in the mail that is to be filled out once per household. Even if each room is rented separately, every person in the house is counted only once.
For the first time ever, the 2020 Census is available to be completed online. Each household will receive a survey in the mail with a unique code. By logging on to here where your census can be completed quickly without trips to the mail box or post office.
For more info on Teton County and the 2020 Census, go here.