BALTIMORE — On Thursday, the U.S. Census estimated Baltimore's population dropping below 600,000 residents for the first time in more than a century.
In response, Mayor Jack Young released a statement highlighting the importance of an accurate count.
Here is his full statement.
"The population estimates released today are extremely important and help underscore the critical need to get the 2020 Census count as complete and accurate as possible.
“I have made boosting Baltimore's completion rate for the 2020 Census a top priority for my administration. We can't afford to undercount our population.
"During a time of great challenge, federal funding tied to Census numbers are helping our City feed vulnerable children and seniors. We know that every dollar is needed and that we'll only get our fair share with a complete Census count.
"Just this morning, Baltimore's Census Complete Count Committee met virtually to strategize about how we make sure every Baltimore resident is counted.
"We have a lot of work ahead of us to make sure that every resident completes the 2020 Census. Completing the form is more important than ever, and I'm calling on every resident to do your part and get counted."
Young says outreach will continue through social media, phone banking, and texting. The City is also planning to distribute information on the Census at each of the more than 50 meal sites throughout Baltimore.