|WEST VIRGINIANS URGED TO PARTICIPATE IN CENSUS
Gov. Justice today asked all West Virginians to participate in the 2020 United States Census.
“I tell you every day to be counted on the Census,” Gov. Justice said. “We’re running out of time, that’s all there is to it.”
Gov. Justice announced that, to this point, Wood County has been the county with the highest response rate in the state at just 64.8 percent. Meanwhile, McDowell County is currently registering the lowest response rate at 4.7 percent.
“That’s not good enough, West Virginia,” Gov. Justice said, calling on county and city leaders to begin stressing the importance of responding. “A lot of our southern counties are low, really low.
“We’ve got to be counted, it is so very important. Because, if we don’t, at the end of the day, it’s going to pull more dollars out of West Virginia that we desperately need. Just think about the flow of COVID-19 dollars that could have come to us if we had been counted better 10 years ago.”
Every West Virginian who does not respond to the Census represents a loss of $20,000 in federal funds over the next 10 years for the state and its local communities. The funds can go toward things like healthcare, education, infrastructure, school lunch programs, and more.
Be counted in minutes: 2020census.gov.