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Census 2020 Count the Mount Campaign!

The first U.S. Census took place in 1790 and has occurred every 10 years after that as constitutionally mandated, including the 2020 Census this April. The census helps reapportion representatives of the house of congress, as well as divide up an estimated $675 billion in federal funds to states, counties, and local communities. The State of Maryland estimates that each person we fail to count in 2020 will cost the state $1,825 per person, per year. That means for every person we miss, the state and our community risks losing $18,250 in federal funds over the next 10 years. In other words, the stakes are high for Census 2020!

The Count the Mount campaign produces materials and events to help educate our community on how to participate in the 2020 Census, as well as an effort to promote participation in the census next spring. For example, many of our students are likely unaware that they should be counted here on campus, or in their off-campus housing, not at their permanent address with their parents and families.

The Count the Mount campaign includes flyers and advertisements distributed around campus to help raise awareness of the importance of Census 2020. We are also producing regular short articles on the issues associated with the Census published here on our website and through our social media accounts, so be sure to follow us on your preferred social media platform.

Furthermore, we are in the planning stages for upcoming events that will bring Census officials to campus to help get us ready for Census 2020! Finally, we are preparing resources to help support census efforts in our region. Northern Frederick County is historically considered a “hard to reach” area by the U.S. Census Bureau based on poor participation and high risk factors for miscounts in the past few censuses. We will work with our community partners to help spread the word about the importance of participating in the census.

For more information on how you can get involved, contact Assistant Professor Layton Field, Ph.D.

Contact Layton Field, Ph.D.