MILWAUKEE — With the 2020 U.S. Census deadline pushed back to Oct. 31, Milwaukee Common Council President Cavalier Johnson is urging residents to take advantage of the extension and respond to the census.
Wisconsin receives about $12.6 billion in federal funding every year based on census data, Johnson explains.
That means for every resident that goes uncounted, Wisconsin may lose $1,600 every year over the next 10 years, until the next U.S. Census begins.
Census data also determines how many seats Wisconsin has in the U.S. House of Representatives and in election wards in Milwaukee and across the state.
“I’m asking residents who have not completed the Census on their own, or with assistance from an enumerator, to take 10 minutes and complete the Census today. It’s one small way in which you can make a big impact in your community," said Johnson in a news release Monday.
As of Monday, just 61 percent of Milwaukee residents have responded to the Census, trailing 72 percent in Wisconsin and 66.7 percent in the country.
Click here to respond to the U.S. Census online.