OLEAN, NY — Mayor William J. Aiello on Wednesday reminded Olean residents to complete the United States 2020 Census.

“The US Census is a population count that takes place once every ten years, and the statistics gathered are used for a variety of purposes that are important to our community,” Aiello said.  “It is important that each and every resident, young and old, is counted. The count helps Olean secure its share in the over $675 billion in federal aid that is distributed annually to communities: aid that supports our school district, our hospital, and our fire department.”

The mayor said the city uses census data when applying for community development grants and initiatives. Census data was used in the Olean’s successful application for the grant that refurbished North Union Street, he added. 

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“In addition, the census determines how many representatives each state has in Congress and how the Congressional district boundary lines are drawn,” Aiello said. “Whether you fill it out on-line or manually, the form requires very little time and is easy to accomplish. I hope all residents will make sure that every member of their household is counted in the 2020 Census.”

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