City leaders urge citizens to fill out 2020 Census - FOX34 Lubbock

City leaders urge citizens to fill out 2020 Census

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Residents still have time to fill out the 2020 Census. That data will determine how much federal funding the city gets for the next decade.

The Census affects all federal money coming into our area. Victoria Whitehead, vice chair of Complete Count LBK, said each person would bring the city $1,500 per year over a 10-year period.

"We as U.S. citizens pay into these federal resources, but they only come back to our community in population or demographic allocation, so that's a huge, huge aspect of us being able to have resources to adequately cover the populations that we have here in Lubbock and the county," Whitehead said.

Karen Murfee, the city's director of community development, said this money funds resources like roads, education, healthcare and grants for nonprofits. 

"It's not just the City of Lubbock Community Development that's going to be relying on that information," Murfee said, "it's going to be for planning and zoning. It's everything across our city."

There are more than 40,000 Texas Tech students, which Whitehead said is a huge swath of the county.

"That's 40,000 people within our community who are utilizing our resources that census dollars Texas tech students need to realize that for us as a community to continue to support them, we need them to just take seven minutes or less to fill out the census," Whitehead said.

In addition, the Census affects congressional representation, state representation and electoral college votes, Whitehead said.

"The population goes into where those congressional legislative districts are drawn, and for us, especially since we're surrounded by very sparse, rural populations, that greatly affects our representation in Austin and D.C.," she said.

As of Tuesday, Lubbock's response rate is 60.4 percent, slightly more than Texas' average of 59 percent. To fill out the Census, click here.


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