Why is counting every person in our community important?
- Knowing who lives in our community helps us plan for services that will be needed by the various demographic populations within our community. Determining the need for new roads to the amount of school lunches; decisions are made from census data.
- National and regional emergency planning is based on this data.
- State and Federal funding for municipalities are often based on census data.
- Future applications to nonprofits and foundations to fund community programs relies on local population and demographic data.
- Business development decisions are often based upon census data. Decisions such as where to open new stores or where to expand operations.
- The U.S. Constitution requires that electoral districts be adjusted periodically based upon population shifts. State legislatures redraw congressional district lines based upon census data.
Click here to see a sample copy of the Census form.
City Preparation began in 2018+-
In the spring of 2018, the City of Lakewood participated in the Census 2020 Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) operation. LUCA provides a voluntary opportunity for designated representatives of state and local governments to review and comment on the addresses used to conduct the decennial census.
This opportunity allowed the city to look at the Lakewood addresses being used by Census Bureau and provide feedback about addresses that were not included on the Census list. As a result of this initiative, the City of Lakewood was able to get over 300 addresses added to the Census address list. That means an additional 300 homes that were not originally included on the list will now be counted.
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