Encourage participation in the 2020 Census

Efforts and planning to encourage participation in the 2020 Census have been underway since last year.

As of 9/14/20 San Marcos has a 76.1% self response rate.  In 2010 San Marcos finished with a 70% participation rate.  Out of 18 cities in the County, San Marcos has the third highest participation rate, with Poway being number one and Carlsbad being number two.  Among the same cities, San Marcos has the second highest increase in participation compared to the 2010 census, behind La Mesa.

You might ask why does it matter if you participate or not.  The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Thank you to 76.1% of households who have already participated.  If you haven’t participated yet, please do so by 9/30/20. You can answer online at www.my2020census.gov.

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