MENIFEE – April 1 is census day across the nation. In every community, residents are asked to complete a short questionnaire.
Counting America’s population every 10 years is required by the Constitution. For every person counted, from infants and young children to older adults, the state of California receives funding from the federal government.
This funding equates to billions of dollars annually for California. But census data isn’t just about dollars, it is also used to apportion those dollars for a wide variety of federal, state and regional programs and projects. Responding in Menifee helps the community receive its fair share.
Census data is also used to determine congressional representation. The city uses census data to plan services and projects, and to place facilities like fire stations, parks and community centers where they will be most effective.
Personal information is kept confidential. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect personal information, and the data is used only for statistical purposes. The responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify a specific home or any person in the home.
For more information on the 2020 census, including important dates to remember and information on how to respond visit www.CityofMenifee.us/Census.
The 2020 census will be the first time residents can fill out their questionnaire online; telephone and mail response will remain options as well. The 2020 census website is safe, secure and confidential, and responses to the census questionnaire are completely confidential and anonymous by U.S. law.
Submitted by city of Menifee.