MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) -- Leaders in Mercer County continue to emphasize the importance of the 2020 Census.
In 2010, the county's population was more than 62,000. It's expected to decrease by 9% in 2020.
"We know that we were stable for a number of years, but now we're starting to see that decline," said Commissioner Greg Puckett. "Our young people are starting to look for employment and other opportunities elsewhere, in other states. As we lose that, we start to lose the ability to be so resilient to future opportunities."
The 2010 Census also revealed a nearly 23% poverty rate in Mercer County. Census numbers will impact how much federal funding and grants will flow through the county; and even determine how many representatives we get in Washington.
"If we don't have the numbers, we're not gonna get the resources," Puckett explained. "We've got to to make sure we have every single person. It doesn't matter if you're a senior, it doesn't matter if you're a child that has just been born. We want your number - we've got to have those numbers."
The Census is also bringing job opportunities in a variety of temporary positions that are essential in getting that accurate count. For more information, contact the County Commission or click here.