RICHARDSON – The 2020 U.S. Census was the focus of the Richardson Public Library’s Lunchtime Lecture giving people an opportunity to understand the importance of the U.S. Census to the City of Richardson, the State of Texas and the United States, and to discuss what is new for 2020. 

The panel included Katherine Smith Hudak, partnership specialist with the U.S. Census along with Shanna Sims-Bradish, assistant city manager for the City of Richardson and Dr. Jeannie Stone, superintendent with Richardson ISD and was moderated by Ellen Steger, League of Women Voters.

“One person not getting counted equals to up to $3 million dollars per year,” said Hudak.

The U.S. Constitution requires that a count – or a census – of America’s population takes place each decade. Each year, the federal government distributes more than $675 billion to states and communities based on Census Bureau data.

“It is so confidential that nobody gets names, addresses, phone numbers, they don’t get that. They get how many people live in this community, how many children because they are trying to figure out where to build the next school or where to put the next park,” she said.

Census Day is April 1. 

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