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Wilmington, New Castle County hit road with last-minute census push

'Delaware was undercounted in 2010, which resulted in the loss of millions of dollars ... We can’t let that happen again.'

The city of Wilmington and New Castle County will make a final push Saturday to get more residents to fill out the U.S. census forms.

Governments all over Delaware are worried about low counts, caused partly because the COVID-19 pandemic prevented many of the activities that the census usually employs, including door knocking and offers of help. Low counts mean less federal money and can affect many aspects of life and government.

About one-third of county residents and half of Wilmington residents have not filled out the U.S. Census.

This is the last weekend before all census responses are due Wednesday, Sept. 30.

According to U.S. Census data, 62.3% of the New Castle County population has been counted, down from nearly 71% in 2010. 

Wilmington also lags behind with 54.5% of Wilmington residents having been counted compared to 62% in 2010.

To try to raise that, the city and county has formed a Census Caravan that will visit four parks, which are already having events, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday:

  • Helen Chambers Playground, 600 N. Madison St., Wilmington
  • 24th and Market Streets
  • Prices Run Park
  • Surrette Park, 1021 W. 18th St., Wilmington

“It’s imperative we get as many Delawareans counted before the deadline as possible,” said Matt Meyer, New Castle County executive. “We need you to remind your friends and neighbors to logon and be counted. So many county programs are funded by federal dollars that are directly tied to census numbers. By filling out the census, you’re not just helping yourself, but your neighbors and family as well.”

“If we don’t get counted, we don’t get the funds and programs that our city and you as residents depend on,” said Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki. “Delaware was undercounted in 2010, which resulted in the loss of millions of dollars annually to our communities most in need. We can’t let that happen again.”

To be counted in the 2020 US Census, call (844) 330-2020 or go to  www.my2020census.gov

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