Be Counted. What you need to know about Census 2020.
The Census: What is it?
The U.S. Constitution empowers the Congress to carry out the census (Article I, Section 2). The Founders of our fledgling nation had a bold and ambitious plan to empower the people over their new government. The plan was to count every person living in the newly created United States of America, and to use that count to determine representation in the Congress.
Why does the United States Government depend on an accurate Census? Why is that important to You and Your Community?
Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. When you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and this creates jobs. Developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
What efforts are being made in Mecklenburg County to make sure every one of us is counted?
Mecklenburg County has several Complete Count Committees which work with local stakeholders and media to educate the public about Census 2020, encourage participation, and facilitate survey access, particularly among traditionally hard-to-count populations.
The Census 2020 questionnaire can be completed online. What if I don't have a computer or Internet?
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has 20 locations. Each branch has free Wi-Fi if an individual wants to use their own device to access the Census 2020 questionnaire. During branch closures, the Wi-Fi signal is extended at each branch to reach the perimeter of the facility.
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