Make the Census Count

When we look at Wellness, we need to consider what enhances a healthy life.  Facilities such as schools, hospitals, roads, parks, governmental representation and funding are all components of Wellness.

This year the Bureau of the Census will conduct the 23rd decennial census, mandated by the U.S. Constitution.  The census will count every person living in the U.S. on April 1.  An exception to the April 1 date is the rural Alaska count in areas accessible only by small plane, boat, snowmobile, four-wheel-drive vehicle, or dog sled.  This early start is conducted so census enumerators (counters) can reach people living in remote locations before the spring thaw. After the spring thaw, these areas may become inaccessible.

In addition to determining the number of representatives from each state sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, the information collected by the census helps determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Job training centers
  • Schools
  • Senior centers
  • Bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects
  • Emergency services

Locally, Broward County was the first county in the nation to form a Complete Count Committee. The mission of this committee is to raise awareness about the importance of the 2010 Census, reach out to hard-to-enumerate groups, and encourage participation in the census in order to obtain an accurate count of Broward County residents.

It is important that the census obtains an accurate count.  An accurate count ensures that resources are allocated according to current and anticipated need.

Remember to return your Census form to help ensure that your community has the resources it needs to facilitate the health and wellness of its residents.

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