2020 Census education effort underway

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Census is required by the U.S. Constitution and it has been completed every 10 years since 1790. The 2020 Census will ask how many people are in your residence as of April 1, 2020.

The results of the census determine the destination of millions of federal dollars for programs like the National School Lunch Program, Highway Planning and Construction, SNAP and Medicade.

Monongalia County GIS coordinator Mike Paugh says we need to do a better job.

“West Virginia finished next to last in the 2010 Census,”Paugh said,”With a higher and more accurate response rate those dollars will be highly beneficial to the programs that money goes to.”

The 2020 Census will ask you disclose sex, age and the number of people in your home, including children.

The 2020 Census will not ask for donations, money, bank information, Social Security numbers or any political information.

Paugh says in 2010 there was a low response rate on the WVU campus, so efforts are underway to educate students about the importance of the 2020 Census.

“You’re counted in the residence you live in for the majority of they year and they are here for nine months out of the year,”Paugh said,”They need to be aware they are not counted in their mom and dad’s home, or wherever they might be from, they’re counted here in the city of Morgantown, Monongalia County.”