To make sure that our community receives the resources we need for things like hospitals, schools and public transportation, we need to make sure that everyone in Los Angeles County is counted in the 2020 census.
But getting an accurate census count in our county is a challenge.
With its geographic expanse and an incredibly diverse population of more than 10 million people that is larger than 42 states, our county is the hardest-to-count region in the nation. Our sprawling region is comprised of 88 municipalities and 140 unincorporated areas where more than 200 languages are spoken. We are home to the second-largest school district in the country and nearly 100 school districts across 4,000 square miles.
More than half of our population is comprised of hard-to-count communities which include racial and ethnic minorities; immigrants and undocumented individuals; children and seniors; people with disabilities; those with limited English proficiency; and members of the LGBTQ community.
One thing is for certain: every single one of us deserves to be counted.
It is an understatement to say that Los Angeles County has a lot to lose if every person in our community isn’t counted.
Undercounts in the 2000 Census cost our county approximately $650 million in federal funding over 10 years, affecting the public services in our communities. An undercount in 2020 could have an even more dramatic impact, with more than $10 billion in federal funding at stake.
Our communities need that funding to address the challenges that we face every day.
We Count LA is a community effort led by the organizations closest to the communities that we need to reach. Together, they are working to ensure that we receive accurate information about the census and how to protect our information.
But they can’t do it alone. We must make sure that our friends, neighbors and families know what’s at stake. When we put our voices together and speak up, we can make sure that every community in Los Angeles County is heard.
Will you stand up for yourself, your family, and your community? Commit to being counted now.