Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts all the people living in the U.S. And it’s happening in 2020! From our bigger cities of Bozeman and Belgrade, to our smaller towns and unincorporated areas, each and every one of you counts.
Why does it matter?
For every Montana resident counted, the Census estimates nearly $2,000 per person each year in federal funding. That’s $20,000 per person over the next decade. That money is used for school funding, roads, services for seniors, public transportation, police and fire departments, community health programs, housing, and rural development programs, among others.
In 2017, the state of Montana received nearly $3 billion in federal funds because of Census data. That’s 40% of Montana’s budget.
The results of the census are also used to determine how many seats in the House of Representatives each state gets. Montana is close to gaining an additional congressperson. That’s why it’s important for our community to get a complete count.
How do I take the 2020 Census?
Taking the 2020 Census will be easier than ever. In March, every household will receive an invitation to complete a short questionnaire. There are three ways you can respond. Call in by phone, send it by mail, or respond online. For those who don’t respond, a census taker will follow up to assist.
Your participation will help shape your community for the next 10 years.