ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Every ten years the United States population is counted, and local community leaders want to make sure you’re one of the numbers.
The Census helps determine everything from seats in the House of Representatives to federal funding for programs and services.
Oftentimes, not everyone is counted, like minorities, the homeless, the disabled and young children, are some that are missed.
The wrong count could have a major impact on the city.
“Rockford stands to lose a ton of federal money if we don’t have an accurate count,” said Rockford City’s Chief of Staff, Wester Wuori. “We have some data that we seen from the federal government, as well as the state government, that shows for every person that’s not counted we lose as a county about $1800 per person, per year, in federal funding.”