News From Harlingen, Texas
Census Day RGV One-Year and Counting
04/02/2019

Harlingen, Texas– April 1 marked the official one-year date from Census day 2020.  To acknowledge the day, elected officials like Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell, Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino, and Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez gathered in Brownsville to remind Rio Grande Valley residents about the importance of being counted.

 

Previous Census undercounts of the Rio Grande Valley have cost the region millions of dollars in resources and the RGV is once again vulnerable to a Census undercount due to unique demographics, non-urbanized neighborhoods, low internet access, and significant poverty rates. That’s why this time around, the Valley has come together to ensure everyone is counted.  Two regional events were held one in Edinburg the other in Brownsville to inform the media and the public about the Census process.

 

The City of Harlingen like the rest of the RGV will ramp up efforts to increase awareness and inform the community how they can participate.  Every ten years the United States counts its population as mandated by the Constitution. The numbers help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed.  These federal dollars go toward building roads, schools, hospitals, and natural disaster response to name a few.

 

By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate.  You can respond online, by mail, or by phone.

 

 

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