As members of a tight-knit community, each and every one of us is responsible for making sure our voices are heard. There is no denying that there is a special pride shared by Pullman residents. It is time for us to show our dedication to our community and empower each other to count ourselves properly in the 2020 Census.
When it comes to participating in the census, Pullman residents have a track record for not responding to the survey. The Census Bureau uses low response scores to track how accurately the population living within each census tract fills out the census. A normal low response score that might be cause for concern is 20%, and a low response score of 30% or more means that the area requires the critical attention of the Census Bureau. According to the Census Bureau's Response Outreach Area Mapper, Pullman belongs to a census tract with a low response score of 35.2%. This shows us that we are not providing the government with accurate information about our community.
The Census Bureau collects our data so that $675 billion in federal funding can be distributed to each community based on its needs. If we don't self report to the census, it causes the data collected about Pullman is inaccurate. This causes our community to potentially lose funding for programs that need it. Funds that are allocated based on census data go towards emergency services, schools, and mental health programs. Not only does data from the census impact funding, it is also used to redraw congressional boundaries and determine how many representatives each state gets when political boundaries are re-evaluated.
As much as we owe it to our community to fill out the census, it is also an important part of living in the United States. Participating in the Census is not only a way to show that we are active participants within our community, it is also a way to be involved in how our government sees our community.
As you prepare to complete the 2020 Census, keep in mind that you are not only providing the government with important information about our community, you are also showing that you are #PullmanProud.