Your count affects Waco and McLennan County's public resources for the next 10 years. Fill yours out now!
Every decade, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a count of every person living in the United States, called the Census. Getting counted is an important way to contribute to the Waco community, today and for the next 10 years. Census data impacts essential public services provided by states and local governments such as healthcare, public safety, education and transportation. The Census determines our representation in Congress and is used in redistricting at the state and local level. Your participation in the 2020 Census is safe and important to our community’s future.
READY TO FILL IT OUT? GO TO https://my2020census.gov.
Team Convention Center (Melinda Adams, Aubrey Pruitt, Mandy Spikes, Carla Pendergraft) are deployed to assist in increasing the response rate to the census for McLennan County.
We have LOTS of ideas we are working on, from radio ads, remotes, and on-air interviews, to neighborhood billboards, and even cool swag such as masks that say "BE COUNTED - My2020Census.gov."
We are also contacting area churches to offer Census informational brochures for parishioners. Want to get your church added to the list? Contact Mandy Spikes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See below for recent photos from radio remotes with 94.5 FM at Sacsee's Southern Eatery and other locations. We have radio remotes scheduled for every weekday in June, 2020. We have a Spanish speaker available to assist in translating.
Local celebrities joining in with us include County Commissioner Patricia Chisolm-Miller, Dr. Tyrha Lindsey-Warren, Veronica Prince, Rachel Pate, Justin Rice, Mari Hernandez, Lisa Huggins, Robert Lopez, Isaac Martinez, and Claudelle Copeland.
Here is a list of where to look for us! Come by between 11am and noon.
June 1 - HEB Bellmead - Veronica Prince, Baylor University Student & Intern on the Census
June 2 - Tony DeMaria's BBQ - Rachel Pate, Cen-Tex African-American Chamber of Commerce
June 3 - Sascee's Southern Eatery - with Justin Rice, United Way and NAACP
June 4 - Jesse's Tortilla Factory - with Mari Hernandez
June 5 - Captain Billy Whizzbangs
June 8 - Doris Miller Family YMCA
June 9 - Jubilee Food Market (1505 N 15th St) - Robert Lopez
June 10 - Dollar General (Waco Dr & 17th)
June 11 - Trujillos on the circle
June 12 - HEB Bellmead
June 15 - Taqueria El Mexicano
June 16 - Dollar General (La Salle & 18th)
June 17 - Sam's Southern Eatery
June 18 - HEB Bellmead
June 19 - HEB on 19th Street - Isaac Martinez, Musician
June 22 - Home Depot - Bellmead
June 23- Home Depot - Bellmead
June 24 - Jubilee Food Market (1505 N 15th St) - Claudelle Copeland
June 25 - Doris Miller Family YMCA - County Commissioner, Patricia Chisolm-Miller
June 26 - Trujillos on the circle - Dr. Tyrha Lindsey-Warren, Clinical Assistant Professor of Marketing at Baylor University, and President of L.A.I. Communications
June 29 - Dollar General (La Salle & 18th)
June 30 - HEB on 19th Street
Want to join in on the radio remotes? Contact Melinda Adams at email@example.com.
June radio remotes are staffed with assistance from Team Convention Center: Melinda Adams, Aubrey Pruitt, Carla Pendergraft, and Mandy Spikes.
See a sample of the census invitation and form and information about what the census will not ask.
There are a number of important dates to remember in order to fill out your census starting March 12.
Census Action Centers will be available across McLennan County with WiFi to fill out the census.
Everyone in your household should be counted in the census. Find out more about your specific case.
Census takers will visit homes in mid-May to help collect census responses.
The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential.
Hospitals use census data to perform needs assessments, plan new locations and understand their service populations better to provide quality care.
Census data plays an important role in keeping our communities safe, including building new fire stations and allocating resources.
A complete count will help influence funding decisions on transportation improvements to keep pace with Waco and McLennan County's rapid population growth.
Understanding how the census is tied to education is important to providing a bright future for the youngest generation of Waco and McLennan County residents.
Businesses use Census data to know where to open locations and what products to offer, while banks open offer new programs based partly on Census data.
Funding from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) used to improve infrastructure and housing conditions is apportioned to McLennan County based on census numbers.
Without an accurate count, Texas stands to lose more than $43 billion per year, including funds for Medicaid, SNAP, the National School Lunch Program and Section 8 Housing Vouchers - to name a few.
The Census has historically been completed through the mail and door-to-door at your primary residence by official Census takers. 2020 marks the first time time the Census can also be completed online.
Central Texas residents will receive a postcard in the mail with a unique identification number. Once you receive your postcard, you can fill out your Census online, over the phone or at your door with a Census taker.