Parkersburg, Vienna leaders talk Census 2020`

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PARKERSBURG, VIENNA, W.Va.-(WTAP) The city of Vienna is one of the few in West Virginia that has grown during the past few decades.

Source: AP

Still, Mayor Randy Rapp is perhaps more adamant than most that, when the time comes this spring, residents should fill out their Census forms.

"I would encourage everyone in the county and in the state of West Virginia to please do your diligence; you need to fill out the census," Mayor Rapp says. "It's critical to federal highway dollars, all the programs we all participate in are all based on these numbers."

This, as a just-released study says West Virginia relies the most of any state in the country on federal dollars. The study says more than 16% of the state's personal income is federal funding.

Parkersburg officials recently kicked off efforts to put together the city's plan for the next decade. That, in part, could rely on federal grants and programs as well.

"They're going to ask all of our residents 10 questions," says Ryan Barber, Development Projects Administrator, City of Parkersburg. "And this is all confidential; they want to know your name, age, race ethnicity, and whether you own, rent or where you reside in the area."

Forms, both online and on paper, should begin to arrive at homes in March.