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Don't miss your chance to make a difference

What is the Census? It is mandated by the U.S. Constitution once every 10 years to complete a count of everyone living in the country.
This is a count of everyone living at your house on April 1 whether they are family or friends, adult or child, citizen or non-citizen.
When we have a complete count of the people living in our community, business, schools and other organizations can evaluate services and provide better programming. The census information is used to allocate funding for clinics, hospitals, affordable housing and many other services that can make a difference locally.
The count also determines how many seats in Congress are disturbed within the 50 states. The outcome of the census governs how many seats each state will have in the House of Representatives and how many electoral votes each state will cast in presidential elections.
It is very important to be counted in Minnesota!
In the mail
This month, the Census Bureau will be sending invitations to every household to complete the simple questionnaire about who lives at your address as of April 1, 2020.
You can respond on-line, by phone or by mail. federal law keeps all responses safe, secure and confidential. Between March and April, if you do not respond, you will receive up to five reminders in the mail before a paper questionnaire is mailed and in May, a U.S. Census worker starts knocking on your front door.
Please complete your census right away to avoid the additional mailings and door knockers.
Low response scores
The Census Bureau developed a metric to predict low response scores within different areas of the states, county and even down to dividing up the county with these LRS predictions.
Cottonwood County is divided in three sections with a low response score of between 14.4 to 20.1% of people not responding to the census. Comparing other LRS scored predictions with surrounding counties: Jackson County LRS is between 14.4 - 16.4%, Redwood County is 15.2 - 19.7%, Nobles County is 16.3 - 26.9% and Watonwan County is listed at 16.2 - 22.9%.
This information can be viewed on the Response Outreach Area Mapper at: www.census.gov/roam. Let's not be in that 14 - 20% they predict will not respond in Cottonwood County!
Boost local groups
Being counted in the 2020 Census will help provide funding to our local schools, emergency services, community programming and roads!
In Windom, the goal of the City Council has been to try and reach the 5,000 mark for population. In the 2010 Census, the city of Windom's population was 4,646. This magic number of 5,000 opens the door to receive gas tax funding.
At the current time, Windom does not receive this much needed funding for our roads. Our neighboring city of Redwood Falls does receive these funds which total over $300,000 per year. (Their population in the 2010 Census was 5,254 people.)
This gas tax amount would be a real boost to road improvements within the City of Windom!
The census only happens once every 10 years. Don't miss your chance to make a difference and be counted in your community!
Jenny Quade is on the Windom City Council and chairs the city's Complete Count Committee.


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