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Palm Beach County Municipal Leaders Create Census Response Competition

Also known as the Population and Housing Census, the Decennial U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution mandates it takes place every ten years. 

The Census Bureau’s mission is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. Its goal is to provide the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality, and cost for the data collected and services provided.

Census data determines the distribution of Congressional seats to states Mandated by the U.S. Constitution; defines legislature districts, school district assignment areas and other important functional areas of government

Several elected officials from Palm Beach County’s large municipalities hosted a kickoff event on Wednesday, June 17 to create a friendly competition to encourage census participation at Lake Worth Beach’s Bryant Park. 

The competition began June 17 and runs through October 31, 2020, where Palm Beach County municipalities with populations over 30,000 compete against each other to drive Census 2020 response rates. The municipality with the greatest percent increase of participation in the 2020 Census during that period is the winner. 

“This idea for the PBC Census League was created to spark friendly competition and inspire communities to work together to complete the census.  Just as each city will benefit from higher participation rates in the census, our county will collectively benefit as our cities, communities, and leaders unite behind this important goal. Higher census participation means more Federal funding for needed social, community, and neighborhood programs over the next decade. I am excited to be working alongside so many city leaders across the county to make sure we are all counted in the 2020 Census, said West Palm Beach City Commissioner, Christina Lambert.

Shortly after the October 31 Census 2020 deadline, the winning municipality will be presented a trophy in their commission chambers by the other municipalities participating along with bragging rights in this fun competition. During the trophy presentation, the presenting cities will wear the winning city’s logo shirts, hats, and branding.

Municipalities invited to participate with populations over 30,000 include Boynton Beach, Lake Worth Beach, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, Greenacres, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Riviera Beach. 

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Hilda Garner has done her majors in journalism from Michigan. Her younger sister is also a successful writer, and the rivalry between the two is legendary. Since becoming a full-time writer, Hilda has published several books. She is currently working as a freelance writer on residentweekly.com.