City of Meriden Promotes Awareness and Importance of the 2020 US Census

             January 15, 2020

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City of Meriden Promotes Awareness and Importance of the 2020 US Census

MERIDEN- The 2020 US Census is a national survey conducted every 10 years, as mandated by the US Constitution, to count every resident in the United States. Federal law protects the confidentiality of everyone who fills out a census questionnaire. All City of Meriden residents should participate, regardless of age, race or citizenship status.

“It is vital to get a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census for the City of Meriden and I implore our residents to participate,” said City Manager, Tim Coon. “Those numbers have a direct impact on billions of dollars in funding that go towards programs related to schools, community, health care, job opportunities and just about every other aspect of our state.”

Connecticut could lose $2,900 in federal funding for every resident not counted for in the 2020 Census. Connecticut receives about $10.9 billion in federal aid according to the Census Bureau. Therefore, accounting for each resident is critical for federal funding.

The City of Meriden has partnered with the US Census Bureau to support the decennial census and is working to ensure the community is accurately represented. The City is echoing the Census 2020 tagline “Shape Your Future” and will be hosting a 2020 Census booth this Sunday, January 19, at the Tradition Run 5k Race in Hubbard Park for participants and residents to obtain more information about the Census.

Having an accurate head count of the people in the country, state, county and city and what their needs are or may be in the next 10 years, helps the government budget appropriate funding for needed services. Those services include but are not limited to building new roads and repairing current ones, updating aging utility infrastructure such as water and sewer systems, opening medical facilities and schools, and increasing emergency services.

Visit the City’s census Web page to learn about Census 2020 and to find resources. On the homepage residents will find commonly asked questions and answers about the decennial census, videos about the census and why it is important, and links to printable 2020 Census information sheets.

To stay up-to-date on local US Census 2020 news please visit the official Census 2020 website.

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Contact: Belen Michelis, Strategic Communications Specialist, bmichelis@meridenct.gov, 203.630.4121