By law, every 10 years the U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. Your participation determines representation and how billions in federal funds are distributed. The federal government distributes $675 billion to states and communities based on census data. For each person not counted in Maryland, the state will lose approximately $18,275 over 10 years in federal funding, according to the committee. The money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other programs.
Every 10 years, a complete count of every person in the United States helps identify and allocate those funds.
The 2020 Census is more than a count. It's an opportunity to get involved and to help shape the future of your community.
How is the Census conducted in Wicomico County?
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding: online, by phone, or by mail. The 2020 Census marks the first time you'll have the option to respond online. You can even respond on your mobile device.
Why is Wicomico County Department of Planning, Zoning, & Community Development involved?
Federal Officials conduct the census, but planning departments at the state and local level are responsible for raising awareness and conducting outreach through a Complete Count Committee (CCC). Your local committee is comprised of local officials and community leaders who assist with these efforts.