U.S. Census Impacts Local Resources and Government Representation
2020 United States Census Update: The 2020 United States Census counted every person living in the United States and the five U.S. territories. It marked the 24th census in U.S. history and the first time that households were invited to respond to the census online. Census results have several high-profile applications: they are used to reapportion seats in the House of Representatives (apportionment), to realign congressional districts (redistricting), and as a factor in the formulas that distribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds each year. The Covid 19 pandemic in 2020/2021 significantly delayed the Census and all subsequent data reporting.
the 2020 Census redistricting data was released in sets of files for each state. For the State of Washington, this redistricting data includes each city and was formally received by the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) and posted in Excel spreadsheet format on their public website-
posted and publicly available on this Census web page of the City of Snoqualmie website.
Additional releases of Census 2020 data, including new gender data and age cohorts, is forthcoming in early 2022 and will be additionally made available on the City’s Census update page. For a most recent snapshot of gender/age cohort data for the City of Snoqualmie, the Census population estimates for July 1, 2019 can be viewed at:
To learn more about the U.S. Census, visit 2020Census.gov.
What Census Results Can Do for SnoqualmieEvery 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau takes on the monumental task of counting all people residing in the United States. On a local level, this count impacts fund allocation for community public resources over the next decade along with representation in state and federal government.
Infrastructure and Community Planning
Infrastructure is one of the main ways Snoqualmie is impacted by the census. When residents respond, it helps the community obtain its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on roads, influencing both highway planning and construction.
The census assists in planning community structures such as schools and hospitals. Census results help determine how money is allocated for programs such as Head Start along with grants supporting teachers and special education. Other programs impacted by census data include those that support rural areas, prevent child abuse, and provide housing assistance for older adults.
Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Census data also influences public safety and emergency preparedness needs. Statistics from the 2020 Census will provide baseline numbers not only for federal disaster relief, but also preparation and rescue coordination, including preparing for wildfires. This can lead to more effective emergency response times and rescue operations, along with fund allocation for rebuilding.
The results of this once-per-decade count also influence residents’ representation. Data from the census helps determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives, and is used to draw U.S. congressional and state legislative districts based on where populations have increased or decreased.
Your Information Is Confidential
Filling out the census is secure and only used to produce statistics; personal information is kept confidential and not shared with other government agencies. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release responses in any way that could identify a respondent or anyone else in their home.