Census 2020: Why It Matters
This year’s census survey will provide a snapshot of the Lehigh Valley. Data collected from the form determines electoral districts, funding schools should receive and support for families in need.
Go to pa.gov.census to learn more about the 2020 Census and how to participate online.
Every Tuesday in March during Morning Edition, WLVR’s Brad Klein digs deep into Census 2020 and lets you know why it matters.
Find out how your participation in the census will make a difference.
March 3: Introduction to the Census in the Lehigh Valley
Mike Wilson from the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation shares what the census means for the region. The conversation touches on who’s counted and why, when to expect census materials, how to fill out the forms, efforts to ensure an accurate count and the stakes for residents and organizations across the region.
March 10: Census and the Lehigh Valley’s Latinx and Hispanic Communities
Norman Bristol Colón, executive director of Pennsylvania’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission, discusses counting the Latinx and Hispanic and immigrant communities in the Lehigh Valley. In some areas of the Lehigh Valley, upwards of 30% of residents were not counted in the 2010 census. We look at the main factors that contribute to undercounts in the region, including concerns about citizenship questions and whether the information will be shared with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Listen to the full interview HERE.
March 17: College Students and the Census
Our latest in the Census 2020 series takes on the challenges of counting student populations at the Lehigh Valley’s 12 colleges and universities and collaborative efforts between educational institutions and local government organizations to ensure a complete count.
WLVR’s Brad Klein speaks to Linda Zerbe, Vice President of Student Life at DeSales University, and Phillips Armstrong, Lehigh County Executive. DeSales University and the Lehigh County recently partnered to reach out to college students about the 2020 census and ensure an accurate count on college campuses across the Lehigh Valley.
March 24: The Political Stakes of Census Counts
The census informs how political district maps are drawn. We speak with Muhlenberg College political scientist Chris Borick about how the census count could shape Pennsylvania’s politics and the state’s clout in national elections for the next 10 years.
March 31: Cities of the Lehigh Valley
In the final installment in our series, Census 2020: Why It Matters, we hear from the mayors of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, along with PA Senator Bob Casey. WLVR’s Brad Klein reviews the vital need for an accurate count for the residents of the Lehigh Valley. The stakes are enormous and long-lasting, and the commitment from the Cities, is there. But the epidemic raging across the Valley, the State, and the Nation mean that vast uncertainties remain.
Every resident counted in Pennsylvania is worth approximately $2,093 in federal dollars every year for infrastructure, community improvement grants and funding for social services. We look at how Allentown, Easton and Bethlehem are working to ensure an accurate count in 2020 to ensure the Lehigh Valley has the funding needed to grow and thrive for the next ten years.