Residents in the State of Utah benefit from nearly $5.7 billion in federal funds distributed each year to our state and local governments. That’s about $1,870 per Utahn. How much South Jordan gets depends on our census numbers. That means for every missed person in the 2020 Census, we will miss out on that much a person every year for a decade.
In 2020, the Census Bureau has predicted a lower than normal reporting average for the census due to several factors like budget cuts, an online only census, the conversation about the citizenship question, and widening government mistrust. That means that South Jordan and other cities in the area could be deprived of much needed federal funds that will address the challenges of growth, affordability, and opportunity. Those funds support programs like:
- Highway planning and construction
- Medicaid and Medicare Part B
- Special education grants (IDEA)
- Head Start
- Emergency planning
This year, the Census Bureau is aiming to have a 100 percent online census. Since South Jordan is considered a city that has high access to the internet, our goal is to have 100 percent of residents counted. This means every resident should take personal responsibility in filling out the census accurately and in a timely manner.
In South Jordan we have identified the hardest to reach groups as “households with 6 or more children,” and “children under 5.” If you are in one of these populations or have children who are, please be aware that getting you and your children counted is important for our city. You matter. Be counted.