PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) West Virginia has consistently lost population over the years.
And there's concern a congressional delegation that once had four representatives, could soon be down to two.
"So we don't run the risk of losing representation in D.C., and, more than that, losing our fair share of federal dollars," Wood County Commission President Blair Couch said Thursday. "And that could be detrimental to this community and every community in West Virginia."
A lot, then, is riding on the results of the decennial-meaning every ten years-Census that will be taken in the first few months of 2020.
"In some communities, it's going to determine whether they move up or down a tier in terms of their municipalities," said Donnie Tucker, Partnership Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau, who spoke to the Commission Thursday. "So it's very important."
Tucker says the count will include the homeless, people in nursing homes, and, elsewhere in the state, students on college campuses.
While forms, as always, will be mailed to homes, they can also be filled out online, and done over the phone.
Those not counted after the official "Census Day", April 1, 2020, will be visited by Census takers.
"A cohort or two of mine will be here in support of Wood County," says Tucker, "making sure this thing runs smoothly, until we get done with the 2020 Census."
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