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Salisbury Leaders Start Preparations For 2020 Census

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An envelope contains a test questionnaire for the 2020 census mailed to a resident in Providence, R.I., as part of the nation's only test run of the upcoming national headcount.  (Photo: AP) An envelope contains a test questionnaire for the 2020 census mailed to a resident in Providence, R.I., as part of the nation's only test run of the upcoming national headcount. (Photo: AP)

SALISBURY, Md. - The 2020 census is still a year away, but community leaders in Salisbury are already preparing to get the most accurate counts. 

Historically, it's been a challenge to get underrepresented populations to fill out the census, but City Administrator Julia Glanz says she's hoping that changes next year. 

"Salisbury has changed dramatically over the last ten years. You know you think about 2010 and it feels like a million years ago. And we've changed so much so having accurate data is huge," Glanz said. "I think in this day and age we don't like people knocking on our doors and asking for what some people may think is personal information. I mean it's all pretty basic and it's all stuff you can find online."

President & CEO of the Greater Salisbury Committee Mike Dunn says it's a vital way for city and county governments to apply for federal grant funding. But with language barriers and fear of the government, some segments of the minority population may not be accurately represented by the census numbers. 

"The fact of the matter is we are a really diverse area and it would be nice that the census reflects and tells us exactly what the diversity looks like in real numbers," Dunn said. 

So that's why community leaders have scheduled a meeting on May 9th at Salisbury University to talk about strategies to make people feel comfortable and recognize the importance of completing the 2020 census.

Governor Hogan hosted a meeting on Monday in Annapolis to start creating state strategies with a 10-person committee he created earlier this year. 

 

 

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