Dear residents of King County:
Starting in March 2020, households across our region and across the country will have the opportunity to participate in the 2020 Census.
Simply put, your participation matters.
- Census data is used to allocate billions of dollars in federal and non-profit funding to counties and other local governments.
- Census numbers determine how many representatives a state has in Congress.
- A complete and accurate Census is paramount to equity, opportunity, and addressing the many issues faced by our region and the nation.
From now through mid-2020, King County will be working with partners to raise awareness of the importance of the Census and to ensure a complete and accurate count of all our residents. We want to do this in collaboration and partnership with every jurisdiction, organization, community member, or stakeholder that shares this vision.
This effort is already underway. On June 7, 2018, Executive Constantine announced that former Gov. Gary Locke will be the Honorary Chair of a community-led effort to ensure a complete, accurate Census count in 2020. Locke oversaw the 2010 Census while serving as Commerce Secretary during the Obama administration. Executive Constantine announced Gov. Locke’s role at a strategy session King County organized to coordinate efforts by community organizations and philanthropies.
Launching in spring 2019, the Complete Count Committee will align the work of nonprofit organizations, philanthropies, County government, and other sectors to connect with communities that have historically been underserved and undercounted, including people of color and people who earn a lower income.
We need your help. Please sign up for our 2020 Census listserv, send us your thoughts and suggestions, and join our effort to ensure everyone is counted during 2020 Census!