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Campaign underway to count every San Diegan for 2020 census

Posted at 5:56 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 20:56:23-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The census count impacts everyone living in the United States, from determining how much federal money cities and counties receive to how many representatives states get in Congress. Everyone living in the country regardless of age, race, and citizenship status is asked to fill the survey out.

But San Diego and Imperial Counties are notoriously difficult to get an accurate count, the second most challenging region in the entire country.

For the 2020 census, over 100 community organizations and civic groups in San Diego are working together to reach "hard to count" populations.

“Some of the ethnic groups are the ones that are hard to count, such as the African Americans, the Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islanders, as well as immigrant and refugee populations are really hard to count," said Nancy Sasaki, President & CEO of United Way of San Diego County.

United Way of San Diego County is leading the Count Me 2020 campaign.

Sasaki went on to say veterans, homeless people, and children are often left out too.

The county was awarded two major contracts, totaling $3.22 million, to coordinate Census 2020 outreach for hard to count populations in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

The Supreme Court will rule whether the controversial citizenship question will be added to the census, a decision is expected by June.