In 2010, 66% of Ferguson citizens self-responded to the Census. On June 22, 54% of Ferguson residents have self-responded to the 2020 Census! Your challenge, by July 30, is to beat 2010’s 66% self-response rate.
When you respond to the Census, challenge a friend to do the same, and use the hashtag #FergusonCounts. Let’s make sure Ferguson counts!
See how your Census Tract is doing in our Census Response Rate Challenge!
Impact on Ferguson
Low participation in the 2020 Census could have substantial negative consequences for Ferguson. If Ferguson is under-counted by just 5% in this Census, the City will lose $300,000 each year or $3 million over the course of the next ten years, which will result in an inability to provide critical public services that the City currently provides.
As a result of the 2010 Census, the State of Missouri lost a congressional seat and hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. For every adult or child that is not counted in the census, Missouri will lose an estimated $1,300 in federal dollars every year – additionally The City of Ferguson will lose nearly $300 for every adult or child that is not counted. Households most at risk of being under-counted include those who are low income, renters, people of color, young children, and immigrants.