New Castle, DE – New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer and Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki announce a final push for New Castle County and Wilmington residents to get counted in the 2020 Census. This Saturday, Census representatives from New Castle County will appear at several community events in Wilmington and New Castle to encourage residents to be counted before next week’s deadline.
The Census Caravan will visit each of the following community day event locations:
- Helen Chambers Playground
- 24th and Market St
- Prices Run Park
- Surrette Park
Events go from noon until 4 p.m.
“It’s imperative we get as many Delawareans counted before the deadline as possible,” said County Executive Meyer. “We need you to remind your friends and neighbors to logon and be counted. So many County programs are funded by federal dollars that are directly tied to census numbers. By filling out the census, you’re not just helping yourself, but your neighbors and family as well.”
Ensuring an accurate count for the largest county and largest city is critical for the state of Delaware. Census figures are tied to how much local communities receive for federal programs and how many seats a state receives in Congress.
According to US Census data, 62.3% of the New Castle County population has been counted, down from nearly 71% in 2010. Wilmington also lags behind with 54.5% of Wilmington residents having been counted compared to 62% in 2010.
“Throughout our history, the importance of counting all residents in the national census has been demonstrated time and time again,” said Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki. “I urge all City residents to participate and be counted this year. The census drives taking place across our City this weekend provide an excellent opportunity to complete the 2020 Census. If we don’t get counted, we don’t get the funds and programs that our City and you as residents depend on. Delaware was undercounted in 2010, which resulted in the loss of millions of dollars annually to our communities most in need. We can’t let that happen again.”
This is the last weekend before all Census responses are due. To be counted in the 2020 US Census today, call (844) 330-2020 or visit www.my2020census.gov