The 2020 Census is hosting a “Get Out the Count” census caravan in Port Arthur on Friday, Sept. 25, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. The caravan will begin at Thomas Jefferson Middle School parking lot at 2200 Jefferson Dr. in Port Arthur.
“Results from the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade,” described the Census Bureau. “These funds will shape many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. We ask that you join us to celebrate the Third Ward community and commit to being counted.”
Port Arthur Mayor Thurman Bartie will act as Grand Marshal of the event. Cars are expected to line up at 3 p.m. Participants are invited to “honk your horn, wave and cheer” the city’s caravanning effort to promote self-response to the 2020 Census.
The national self-response rate to the 2020 Census is approximately 66%, while only 61.6% of the state population and merely 50.5% of the Port Arthur population have self-reported.