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Please Read This Important Information about Census
So You Will Understand How Important Census Is To Our Community
Every 10 years since 1790, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States as required by the U.S. Constitution. Data from the census provides the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs-impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They also are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
How the Census data will benefit Thomaston and Upson County
The data collected through the 2020 Census will impact the City in many ways. Among them:
¨ Determine Congressional Representation
¨ Attracting new factories, offices and stores, which create jobs to State and local areas
¨ Census data how more than $675 billion are spent, supporting your state, county and community’s vital programs
¨ Decisions regarding location for new schools, hospitals, roads, child-care, senior citizen centers, facilities for people with disabilities and much more
¨ Decisions regarding the need for additional social services, including who receives community development block grants, and other essential grant programs
¨ Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness
¨ Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods
¨ Residents use census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy
¨ Completing the census is required: it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I Count”
There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
¨ Online: MY2020CENSUS.GOV
¨ By Phone: 1-844-330-2020
¨ By Mail: Follow directions of questionnaire
The best way to avoid a follow-up visit from a census taker is to fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire that you receive in the mail and return it back to the Census office.