CH prepares for 2020 U.S. Census

With the first phase of the 2020 U.S. Census just six months away, Cleveland Heights is preparing for this initiative.

In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will collect data on more than 330 million U.S. residents. The date will inform decisions on how to allocate $675 billion federal tax dollars annually for the next 10 years. Population counts also determine a state's number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and number of votes in the Electoral College.

On Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Heights Libraries will present “The 2020 Census: What You Need to Know” at the Heights Libraries Lee Road Branch. Audrey Wynn, partner specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, will explain what to expect and why everyone should participate.  

Participation by all Cleveland Heights residents is important to the future of the city. The more individuals confirmed as residing in Cleveland Heights, the more funds, social programs, and decision-making power will be made available to the city in the coming decade.

Traditionally, renters, who comprise about 43.1 percent of Cleveland Heights’ population, and families with young children (younger than 5), who comprise about 6.2 percent of the city's population, tend to respond at lower rates than the general population.

Because a correct count of every person in every household directly impacts how governmental funding is distributed, Heights organizations—including the city of Cleveland Heights; the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, CH-UH Chapter; Heights Libraries; and FutureHeights—are leading the charge to organize complete count initiatives.

To ensure the most comprehensive count in each neighborhood, the U.S. Census Bureau is employing residents to help with outreach and data-collection. Learn more at 2020census.gov/jobs.

Hannah Morgan

Hannah Morgan serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA at FutureHeights.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 3:58 PM, 12.02.2019