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Laguna Beach

 Volume 12, Issue 64  |  August 11, 2020

Laguna Beach residents urged to respond to the U.S. Census

Nationwide and in California as a whole, responses to the 2020 Census are on track, as more than 62 percent of households have responded online or by phone, or by mail if they received a paper questionnaire in the mail or on their doorstep.

It is vitally important that everyone be counted. Results from the 2020 Census inform planning and funding decisions for critical public services, emergency and disaster response, and schools and education programs. In fact, census results will shape decisions about how billions of dollars in federal funds flow into communities each year for the next decade.

As of July 29, only 60.2 percent of Laguna Beach residents have responded, ranking the city 371st out of the state’s 482 incorporated cities. For every person who does not respond, the California Department of Finance estimates that state and local governments will lose out on $1,000 a year in federal funding tied to population for the next 10 years.

Now more than ever, your response to the 2020 Census matters. Responding is easier than ever. For the first time this year, you can respond online. The census asks just a few questions and it takes only a few minutes to respond.

Making it even easier, the Census Bureau is now sending emails to households in low-response neighborhoods to urge them to respond. If you receive one of these messages from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and haven’t yet responded, please click on the link to do so.

Whether you receive an email or not, if you haven’t responded, please do so today, and urge your family, friends, and neighbors to respond too. It’s easy, safe, and important.

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