- 2020 Census
The 2020 Census is fast approaching! In April 2020, La Mesa residents will receive a notification in the mail to participate and be counted in the decennial Census. It is important to participate as this census determines how many congressional representatives California will have for the next decade and directly impacts certain funding La Mesa will receive in the future. The Census also provides the most reliable and complete data for research, decision making, and planning. When you fill out a census form for your household, you help affect your voice in government by guiding how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year. The 2020 Census is the first to incorporate online, phone, and mail responses, making it easier than ever to participate!
The City of La Mesa is partnering with SANDAG, the U. S. Census Bureau, and Count Me 2020 to help get the word out about the importance of participating. California is a diverse state and achieving an accurate count is challenging. For this reason, the state has provided $26 million to cities and counties to assist with messaging and outreach activities to emphasize the importance of participating. The City of La Mesa, along with other jurisdictions in San Diego County, is leveraging these funds to increase participation in La Mesa’s hard to count areas of the city. There are many variables that can attribute to an area being hard to count, such as the presence of multi-family buildings, families with children under the age of five, or a high number of military families in a particular area.
Be on the lookout in April for your 2020 Census notice in the mail and help shape California’s future by participating in the 2020 Census!