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Last Census parade heads to Smucker Park.
Next Census parade heads to the Mesa Heights Neighborhood

The last City of Yuma Census parade will take place 6 to 7 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 24, starting and ending at Smucker Park, 2930 S. Avenue A.

To help boost awareness of the 2020 Census, the City of Yuma is holding a series of parades that will notify neighbors that Census workers will soon appear in their neighborhood to knock on the doors of those who have not completed this year’s Census.

Between 10 and 15 City vehicles will participate in the parade, which will broadcast messages about the importance of filling out the Census.

Residents can “stop the knock” by answering the Census online at

Again this week, City staff will hand out free ice cream sandwiches or popsicles at the church to thank neighbors for their participation in the Census. Visitors should remember to wear facial coverings when claiming them. Treats are available while supplies last.

Additional, premium treats are awarded to K-12 students who turn in an entry to the “We All Count” art contest in person.

Census enumerators will be on hand to assist residents with questions and demonstrate how easy, quick and safe it is to fill out the Census at

Held only once a decade, the constitutionally mandated Census is a complete count of every living person in the United States.

Census data determines the distribution of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and is used for economic development, emergency preparedness, and community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life issues, school planning and consumer advocacy.

In Yuma, the City has used Census data for the following activities:

  • Population counts and projections for park planning.
  • Population and housing counts and projections for transportation planning.
  • Population and housing counts and projections for fire station planning.
  • Housing counts and projections for water and sewer utility planning.
  • Population and housing counts for annexations.
  • Population and housing information for the Mesa Heights Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.
  • Growth trends for school site planning.

Every Thursday for the past month, the City has visited locations where the Census response rates are lower than the City average. The series of Census parades will end on September 24 in the neighborhood near Smucker Park.


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