County leaders make final push to get residents counted for the 2020 census
SALISBURY, Md. – Officials in Wicomico County are making one last push to get everyone counted in the 2020 U.S. Census.
“We are approaching our September 30th deadline and we want to make sure we get everyone counted,” said Carter.
Wicomico County’s Planning, Zoning and Community Development Director Lori Carter says they have yet to surpass their 2010 response rate by one percent.
“What that means is we’re going to lose funding if we don’t get everyone counted,” said Carter.
Officials say they could lose thousands of dollars that are critical to helping communities over the next ten years if people don’t complete the census.
“Whether it’s the roads, whether it happens to be the schools and making sure that our kids have the best equipment,” said Carter.
They say their target area is now near the west side of the county in Salisbury where there’s only a 39 percent response rate.
“It’s the hard-to-count, close-knit communities in Salisbury,” said Jesse Drewer, a planner at the Wicomico County Department of Planning, Zoning and Community Development.
“We’ve been partnering with the Haitian community and the Hispanic community to get the word out to those communities that this is important for everybody,” said Drewer.
Which is why officials say they’re depending on community members to push for more conversations about the census and help get everyone counted.
“It’s ten minutes, ten questions, ten years to impact our community,” said Drewer.
“Make sure it’s a major part of your discussion and that you’re asking your family members, your friends whoever, have you completed your census so we can be able to get the needed resources for Wicomico County,” said Carter.
The Wicomico County Census Complete Count Committee is also encouraging pastors and parishioners to continue talking with community members about completing the 2020 U.S. Census.