S/WMPO AND THE CENSUS
What is the Census
The Decennial Census counts every person who lives in the U.S. and its territories every 10 years. It is a 100% count that started in 1790 as mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution and applicable laws. The 2020 Census is a snapshot of the population on April 1, 2020
What the Funding Means
Each person not counted costs $1,825 per year, a total of $18,250 over the 10 years. This funding is applied to numerous government programs and also impact Redistricting.
How the Census impacts the S/WMPO
A full and accurate census population count impacts funding which can be used for bridge and roadway improvements, new bicycling paths and even safety improvements.
What does the preliminary data indicate?
The data released by the United States Census Bureau indicates that both Wicomico & Sussex Counties had population increases. The chart at the right reflects the following changes
Wicomico County saw an approximate increase of 5,000, while Sussex County saw an approximate increase of 40,000.