Did you know that Amherst is the 9th hardest community in the State to count its resident population? That's due to our large student numbers and other hard-to-count residents: children under 5 years of age, seniors, non-citizens, legal and undocumented immigrants and the homeless.
The 10 year census is the means of determining how much federal funding comes into our community. More than $675 billion in federal funds is distributed nation-wide based on the count - money for schools, public works, roads, hospitals and other vital programs. Amherst loses approximately $2000+ dollars for everyone not counted! The census determines congressional representation: how many seats each state gets and how our boundaries for congressional and state legislative districts are drawn.
With so much at stake, everyone residing in Amherst on April 1, 2020 needs to be counted! LWVA will be involved in helping with that effort by tabling, preparing handouts and informative materials and collaborating with the Jones Library and other organizations in Town with our LWVA 'Get Out the Count Campaign.'
If you'd like to be part of our League effort, please contact Adrienne Terrizzi