Why is the 2020 Census important for Martin County?
Once a decade, Americans come together to participate in the U.S. Census and the data generated by the census is used to shape our future. Martin County relies upon state and federal funding, which is allocated based on census data, for many projects and initiatives in our community.
In order to be accurately represented, it is important that every Martin County resident be counted. It is estimated it costs local government $1,600 for every person missed. Martin County’s response rate in the 2010 Census was 78%.
For our community, that means a loss of over $51 MILLION each year that could have been used for vital programs and essential services. Over the 10 year period, that equates to approximately $512 million dollars!
Help us make sure Martin County is accurately represented in the upcoming decennial count. It benefits us all!