September 1, 2020

U.S. Census: The Importance of an Accurate Count of Every Person

Time is running out for those who have not completed their 2020 Census questionnaire. Not only are our schools and municipal governments funded by a variety of local taxes, but also from monies from the state and federal government based on our population and need. An accurate count of the population in our city, county, and state can make a huge difference in terms of the programs and funding that we are eligible to receive. As elected officials and stewards of the community, it is our responsibility to make certain that we take advantage of the opportunities and grants offered by the state and federal government.

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States, as of April 1. The count is mandated by the Constitution every ten years, and the results help to shape your future in a variety of ways – from determining the number of seats each state gets in the House of Representatives to informing decisions about how hundreds of billions of dollars are allocated each year to local communities for vital services like school, healthcare, roads, and bridges, and emergency response. In addition, the makeup of the state legislature is also affected by the results of the Census and, once again, the distribution of tax dollars can make a difference to our community.

U.S. Census workers are currently visiting the homes of those who have not completed the questionnaire. If you are concerned about opening your door to anyone during this pandemic, please complete your 2020 Census by: going online to or phone 1-844-330-2020. Census workers are highly trained and adhere to all COVID-19 CDC regulations and requirements. On average, the process should take less than 10 minutes.

It is important that the U.S. Census get an accurate count of every person –both citizens and non-citizens –living in the United States. The results will affect our community for years to come.

We hope that the school year can proceed in a relatively normal manner. The wearing of masks and social distancing makes a difference in dealing with COVID-19. As your mother reminded you, wash your hands often. Let’s work together for the health of the community.

Gregory J. Zilka
Mayor, City of Avon Lake