2020 Census: We need your help!
Did you know the Census has been open since April 1, and San Marcos only has an estimated 39.4% participation rate? The Census is very important to the San Marcos community and the City’s budget, and this low participation rate is a huge concern for our future.
Census responses inform where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, roads, and more. Unfortunately, in the last Census (2010), a mere 67% of San Marcos households self-responded to the survey. For every individual that does not participate in the Census approximately $16,000 in funding is lost. That means, for the last ten years, San Marcos missed out on eligibility for funding and representation for many of its residents.
Even though it can be completed online, by phone, and by mail this year, due to COVID-19 and a delay in deploying Census staff to the streets to count residents, we are on track to have an even lower participation rate unless our community can help us spread the word.
To help, please contact Shavon Caldwell. You can also check out the diligent efforts of the San Marcos Complete Count Committee. If you haven’t, take the 2020 Census and be sure to include everyone living in your household in your count (including children and extended family or non-relatives).