Why is filling out the U.S. Census so important?

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 2020 U.S. Census is required for anyone living in the United States regardless of your immigration status.

Even though it is required, there are many additional reasons you should take it. Lawmakers use Census data to distribute money between communities based on population size and those resources go to schools, hospitals, and roads.

During Push Week, a number of locations are making it easy to fill out your Census to try and get as many people to answer the questionnaire as possible, a process that’s different than past year’s because of the pandemic.

22News spoke with Yashira Ruiz, Director of Services at Stavros, to explain why it’s so important to fill out your Census as soon as possible.

“Currently in the pandemic, people are focused on other areas and so we want to make sure that we let folks know this is our one time shot,” Ruiz said. “It’s going to set our funding for 10 years and so it’s very important that we get this done now.”

There are a number of different locations like libraries, groceries stores, and recreational centers that will help you fill out your Census if you choose not to do it online.

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