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Today is U.S. Census Day

Here are three ways to participate: • Online • Via phone • Mail

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 is Census Day in the United States.

While Bluffton is inundated with news and updates about the current health crisis, it’s important to know that the 2020 Census is still happening and that it is a very important priority for our community.  

Three ways to participate with your information follow:
• Online at my2020census.gov
• By phone at 844-330-2020
• By returning the census form by mail.
   Persons who do not fill out the questionnaire on line will receive a paper questionnaire in the mail in a few weeks.

According to the Census Bureau, the completeness and accuracy of our count will shape our community for the next 10 years.

What is at stake:
• Representation: Census data determines how many seats Ohio will be allocated in the House of Representatives. 
• Federal Funding: Census data determines allocations of funding for public services, schools, hospitals, fire departments, police departments, and other public agencies.

Community and Economic Development: Census data is used to plan for new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.

Allen County was under-counted by 11,457 households for the 2010 Census. This under-count resulted in an estimated $515,402,200 in federal and state funding that  did not come to Allen County from 2010 – 2020.

A complete and accurate count for the 2020 Census could bring over $2.3 billion in federal and state funding to the Lima / Allen County community. That amounts to $19, 800 per person over a 10-year period.