Your Right to Know: The U.S. Census

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It’s that time of year again where we hear ads about the US Census or see a job posting about Government Census workers, but what exactly does this mean?

What is the Census?

The U.S Constitution states that our nation gets one chance per decade to count the population. It’s mandated in the constitution that the Census count takes place every ten years. Our next count takes place this year, 2020.

According to Census.gov, the purpose of the US Census is to count every resident in the United States.

Much has happened with our population over the last ten years. Our country has become more diverse and continues to grow. With this change, the government must know how to make accommodations for our communities.

Why is it Important?

The Census gives the government a broader sense of the population. The importance of this count is to show what communities can benefit from certain services.

For example, this information can help health care providers predict the spread of disease through communities that may affect the elderly or children. It can help organizations know which area is best for the job market.

Benefits come with counting in the Census. According to Census.gov, federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. In other words, you and your community benefit when a census count is done.

With this count, more than $675 billion per year in federal funds are spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

Beware of Scams

We know this count is important, however, there will be individuals committing scams during this time and may ask for information pertaining to your social security number or bank account information.

Census workers will have identification that will have a census number on it, a tote bag that identifies them as a census worker and a laptop and will not for a payment or personal information as mentioned above.

The census questions will only ask about your household, which may include how many people live in the home or your name and birthday and you do not have to let them in your home, therefore, questions can be answered at the front door, for your comfort. Below is a sample of the questionnaire.

You can report any false information to the Census Bureau at rumors@census.gov. Be sure to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement.

Please do not let this scare you from counting in the Census. The Census is important for your community and you can help be apart of that.

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