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County Creates Portal for 2020 Census Info and Resources

July 17, 2019

Contact: Larry R. King, 215-348-6413, lrking@buckscounty.org

In keeping with Bucks County’s pledge to support a complete and accurate 2020 Census count, the county has created a new web portal for census information and resources.

The portal, created by the staff of the Bucks County Planning Commission, can be found here: https://2020census-bucksgis.opendata.arcgis.com/

Among the portal’s offerings are pages explaining the importance of the census and the benefits of full participation; the reasons behind the census questions that are asked of residents; measures that community leaders can take to help raise awareness and encourage participation; key dates in the census timetable; and a link to census job opportunities. Capture census

“Participating in the census is a civic responsibility for each of us, no different than jury duty,” said Evan J. Stone, executive director of the Planning Commission. “Our Census Portal was developed to dispel misconceptions about responding to the census and to provide valuable information, so that everyone understands that responsibility and can be included.”

Earlier this year, the Bucks County Commissioners publicly stressed the value of full participation by county residents. They noted that census results help decide how more than $675 billion in federal funds are spent across the country, how congressional districts are allotted and how state legislative and school districts are drawn.

It has been estimated that for each Bucks County resident not counted, the county could lose up to $2,000 in federal funding per year, or $20,000 over a decade.

By mid-March 2020, Bucks County residents should begin to receive invitations by mail to respond to the census questionnaire via one of several available methods – including online, by mail and by phone.