Did you know population statistics affect federal funding? Many essential social services, education, and infrastructure programs depend on census-guided federal grants that provide billions of dollars in funding. Undercounted cities and communities lose out.
Also a fact: accurate information on who lives where and how the population is changing is crucial for long-term planning. The statistics help officials in cities and communities make informed decisions about where to invest in services such as new transportation lines or more schools.
Given all population data affects, Thomas Nelson officials join U.S. Census Bureau representatives in reminding everyone to participate in Census 2020. Occurring every 10 years, census counts the nations’ population including residents of five U.S. territories.
Since July census takers have been interviewing at households that have not responded and following up where necessary, according to bureau’s website. In cases where no one was home at the time of a visit, census takers left a notice with information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail.
If you received this notice, or have not acted on the notice mailed to your residence this spring, please take time to reply.
To ease concerns about the process, the Census Bureau emphasizes:
- The Census Bureau will never ask you for your Social Security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party, or your bank or credit card account information.
- Census 2020 does not ask whether you or anyone in your home is a U.S. citizen.
- Everyone counts. The census counts everyone who resides in the country, including non-citizens.
- The law prevents the Census Bureau from sharing your information with law enforcement. Your answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for government benefits. Your answers are only used to create statistics about our country. The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to protect your personal information and keep it strictly confidential.
- Census 2020 is available online, by phone, and by mail. Online and phone responses can be completed in 13 languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese).