Census and Impact to San Juan County
A reminder from Merri Ann Simonson to be sure to fill out your census form. It only takes a few minutes, you can do it online, and it brings critically needed funds into our county…
- The request for information will be either mailed as a letter or post card on a staggered basis. The correspondence will encourage you to go on-line to complete the questionnaire. They WILL NOT BE MAILED TO A POST OFFICE BOX.
- Other options for completion include calling-in your response directly to the Census line, requesting a form be mailed to your home or you can request an in-person interview.
- The report is a simple form this year; only 7-10 questions and 10 minutes of you time. Your information is confidential by law.
- Every person in your family counts. On average federal funding equates to $3000 per person per year. A family of four that fails to complete the census report costs this County $12,000 per year or a total of $120,000 over the next 10 years.
- During our last census in 2010, only 15-20% of the San Juan County citizens completed and returned the form which means other counties, which had more complete counts, received the other 80% to 85% of the federal funds that could have been spent here.
- It is imperative that we increase the participation which is difficult during the Spring as we have a lower percentage of occupancy. Use word of mouth to encourage your friends to complete the form and be counted.
- Federal funding is partially directed to pay for roads, schools, libraries, Head Start, EMT, firefighting equipment, family resource centers, food bank to name a few. All need funding and are beneficial to our communities.
- The census data assists in grant applications throughout the county for numerous worthy projects.
- This informational reminder is to help you recognize the importance of this census to our island communities.