Census data determines how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed to vital programs

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MENIFEE – Menifee is encouraging all residents to participate in the 2020 census to ensure everyone in the community is accurately counted during the nation’s once-a-decade count of every person in the United States.

The results of the 2020 census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities, including Menifee, every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community throughout the U.S. from highway planning and public transit to educational programs and housing assistance.

“It’s critical that each and every person living in the city of Menifee be counted for the census,” Mayor Bill Zimmerman said. “The 2020 census will shape so many aspects of our community over the next decade – including education, transportation, health care and more. The state of emergency that we are experiencing right now only further reiterates how important it is to have an accurate count of who is living in our city so that we can receive our fair share of federal funding for our community.”

Residents should have received an invitation in the mail in April to participate in the census. There are three ways to respond: online – use the code in the mailed invitation or the home address at https://www.2020census.gov; mail – send back the paper questionnaire the residence received or phone – call a toll-free number with numerous languages available.

As of May 7, Menifee’s self-response rate was 66.8%, compared to Riverside County’s response-rate of 56.7%.

The U.S. Census Bureau is adapting or delaying some of its operations to protect the health and safety of its staff and the public. Field operations have been suspended until officials reassess the COVID-19 situation. Updated information on the Census Bureau’s plans can be found here. The official 2020 census has been extended until Oct. 31, due to the pandemic.

The 2020 census will be used to determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities. These funds are spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

The census also determines the number of seats each state gets in Congress and how state and local officials draw boundaries for congressional districts, state legislative districts and school districts.

For more information on the 2020 U.S. census, visit http://www.2020census.gov. Information is also available at https://cityofmenifee.us/Census-2020.

Submitted by city of Menifee.

This story was corrected with the extended deadline date of Oct. 31.