Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway is encouraging people to complete the 2020 Census from the comfort of home. Rhodes-Conway reiterated the crucial importance of counting all Madison residents.
Census data determines how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed to communities across the country for healthcare, affordable housing, childcare, education, transportation, and more. That's over $2,000 per person for Madison and Dane County every year. In fact, public health experts, government officials, and first responders all rely on population data to make critical decisions in crises like the one we are currently experiencing.
Mayor Rhodes-Conway further urged people to text or call at least five friends, family members, and colleagues to encourage them to complete the census and ask them, in turn, to share the same message with at least five more people within their networks. She indicated it was especially important to reach out to people that might be less likely to participate.