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Southwell urges you to complete your 2020 Census form when it arrives in March
Southwell urges area residents to compete their 2020 Census form when it arrives in March.

Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.

Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Our community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. People in our community use census data in all kinds of ways, such as these:

• Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
• Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs.
• Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals.
• Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.

Counting an increasingly diverse and growing population is a massive undertaking. It requires years of planning and the support of thousands of people. Ultimately, the success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. The Census Bureau depends on cross-sector collaborations with organizations and individuals to get people to participate.

The 2020 Census is important for you and our community, and you can help. Please participate!