The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for the community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources that are based on census data.
A complete and accurate count is critical for San Gabriel because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more. Without an accurate count, California can lose a Congressional seat. Simply missing 40,000 people can result in this outcome.
It is crucial that every person in San Gabriel gets counted. Each person that is not counted is considered a $2,000 dollar loss of funding per year for federal and state government programs like CDBG, special education grants, head start programs, and more. For example, San Jose missed as many as 70,000 residents in the 2010 Census count, which cost the City an estimated $20 million in funding per year. This is why it’s crucial to get everyone in San Gabriel counted.