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Census 2020: Just 10 Questions!

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The Census Affects National Emergencies, like COVID-19


If you want Port St. Lucie to get its fair share of federal funds and recover from an economic disaster, it’s important to fill out the census. An accurate census count will be crucial for public health officials going forward.

Did you know that Census data helps first responders by:

  • Identifying where and how much help is needed
  • Determining the distribution of resources for public health systems
  • Determining policy and budget decisions
  • Receiving federal funding. The Census is the baseline for policy and budgeting for the allocation of public benefits and health programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare.

Police HatAn inaccurate census could limit first responders ability to:

  • Understand the spread of the virus
  • Identify what groups were most affected by it
  • Assist researchers in finding ways to stop future viruses from spreading

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Why should PSL care?

The U.S. Census only happens once every 10 years, but census data is used every day to shape our future. The City Port St. Lucie relies upon federal funding and grants for many projects and initiatives in our community, which are allocated based on Census data. Our City must be accurately represented, and we need everyone’s help in ensuring a complete count.

The Census has consequences that all PSL residents will live with for the next 10 years. For every person missed, it costs our local governments $1,600. It is estimated St. Lucie County lost up to $1 billion from the undercount in 2010.

You can help ensure everyone is counted by filling in the 2020 Census form. It will be a short set of questions about the number of people living in your household, their ages, race, ethnicity, and income. It’s critical that you fill out your form because your response will determine PSL’s population and federal benefits for the next decade.

Did you know that the United States Census is so much more than just a poll, head-count, or tally?

It's a snapshot of our City.
It’s about $675 billion dollars of federal funds and grants.
It’s about new businesses.
It’s confidential and secure.
It’s our civic duty.
It’s about fair representation.
It’s about redistricting.

These ready-to-use resources are available for download:

Responding to the census is easier than ever. You can complete the census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.

United States Census Bureau. Census 101: What you need to know.