Sugar Land’s Census Complete Count Committee reminds residents of the importance of an accurate 2020 U.S. Census count.
The time is now to be counted as part of the 2020 U.S. Census, and it’s incredibly important — the Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities, like Sugar Land, each year and ensure our community is fairly represented at the state and national levels.
To ensure no one is missed, the city of Sugar Land appointed a resident-led Complete Count Committee to motivate the community to complete the Census and spread the word about the importance of the Census. The Census occurs just once every 10 years, and an accurate count maximizes funding for important local projects such as mobility improvements that have been identified by Sugar Land residents as a top concern.
During the past decade, more than a half billion has been spent on local mobility projects, much of which has been funded by state and Federal dollars.
“I was also on the Complete Count Committee 10 years ago and our response rate for the 2010 U.S. Census was 85 percent. We can do better. We have more ways to communicate now than ever before,” said Complete Count Committee member Terri Wang. “The funds directed our way as part of an accurate count fund services that we’ve identified as important to improve our quality of life, secure project funding that would otherwise be paid for locally and help keep our tax rate among the lowest in the state.”
By April 1, everyone should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census, and for the first time ever, residents have the option to respond online — even on mobile devices. The U.S. Census Bureau will begin to contact households on March 12 through a series of mailings.
- March 12-20: Letters with information to take survey online will be sent to a majority of people, while about 25 percent of the population (with specific demographic characteristics and lower internet connectivity) will receive a letter and paper survey.
- March 16-24: Letters will go out to those who do not respond.
- March 26-April 3: Reminder postcards are planned for those who do not respond.
- April 8-16: Letters and paper surveys will be sent to those who do not respond.
- April 20–27: A final “It’s not too late” postcard will be mailed to those who do not respond.
For households that do not respond, the U.S. Census Bureau will follow up in person by going door to door to collect responses starting in May.
“The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete, the information provided is strictly confidential and the ramifications for Sugar Land are significant,” said Complete Count Committee member Afshi Charania Merchant. “So please stand with us, and be counted. It’s an easy way to make a huge difference for our community.”
The Complete Count Committee encourages their neighbors to help spread the word and learn more by visiting www.census.gov or www.sugarlandtx.gov/Census2020.