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Carrollton Counts: Complete the 2020 Census to Help City Reach 100% Response Rate

Post Date:05/29/2020 3:30 PM

Census 2020As of May 28, Carrollton's self-response rate to the 2020 Census hovers just below 66 percent. In 2010, the City's self-response rate was 71.8 percent. The City reminds residents that a low response costs our community thousands of dollars over the next 10 years for each person not counted.

Can we afford an undercount when children, families, and seniors face a greater need for social services and health care? Disaster relief is another way Census data affects every social level in our community. Federal response dollars and resources are distributed based on the population count. This method is also how health officials measure the pace at which a disease will spread in a community. To have enough of the right equipment and personnel ready for moments such as the one the world is in right now, the community needs a count of who lives where so there are measures in place to protect our most vulnerable residents. It's also how Carrollton will have what it needs to recover more quickly. Those are just some of the many ways the Census count affects everyone’s future.

Coronavirus has thrown off the Census process like many other things across the country, but there is still time for residents to complete the Census form online in the self-response phase, which is the safest way to submit answers. The self-response phase has been extended to Saturday, October 31. Census takers will be released in August to begin a process called enumeration; they will knock on doors to gather data from the addresses of those who didn't respond or may have missed questions. Residents are encouraged to save themselves time and avoid scams by going online and completing the form as soon as possible.

Notably, the U.S. Constitution (Article 1, Section 2) mandates that the country conducts a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census marks the 24th time the country has counted its population since 1790.

It's just too important to wait another 10 years to step up and respond.

Census data is used to distribute $675 billion in federal funding over 10 years to be used for schools, medical programs and facilities, family services including WIC, SNAP, school lunches, and Head Start, as well as infrastructure like highways, streets, and parks.

The City of Carrollton is supporting the Census effort in several ways making it as easy as possible for residents to participate. There are resources on the website, reminders and regular communication, as well as free access to the internet at both Carrollton Public Library locations. Additionally, beginning June 1, computers and tablets will be available for anyone who may need to visit the Library to access a device and complete a Census response.

For more information on the 2020 Census, visit cityofcarrollton.com/census.

 

Carrollton Counts: City Encourages Participation in 2020 Census

2/20/20: The City of Carrollton is encouraging all residents to step up and be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census as National Census Day has been planned for Wednesday, April 1.

As required by the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Census has been conducted every 10 years since 1790. For the first time, the process will include options for responses online or by phone in addition to the traditional mail-in, paper responses. Census data is used to distribute $675 billion in federal funding over 10 years to be used for schools, medical programs and facilities, family services including WIC, SNAP, school lunches, and Head Start, as well as infrastructure like highways, streets, and parks.

In addition to federal funds, Census data is also used to allocate representation among states and smaller legislative districts; it guides planning decisions of federal, tribal, state, and local governments; and it provides data for organizations to make the best business decisions for their companies.

Most importantly, the information is and will remain private as the law requires the U.S. Census Bureau to keep all participants’ reported information confidential. It is used only for producing statistics that inform data-driven decisions. Responses to the Census cannot be used against respondents by any government agency. (Para más información en español, oprima aquí.)

The City reminds all residents the Census is safe, easy, and important. Here are just five reasons why everyone in Carrollton should be counted without fear or hesitation.

  1. Schools: The community’s children count when providing quality education

  2. Healthcare: Your health counts when we need more hospitals, ambulances, and doctors.

  3. Business: Your home counts when businesses select where to locate new or existing facilities. Knowing the diversity of residents adds jobs and improves the economy.

  4. City Services: Minutes count when your family faces an emergency. Knowing where and how many people live in your community affects how many police, firefighters, and 9-1-1 operators are hired.

  5. Fair Representation: Your voice counts when choosing elected officials. If Texas reaches 30 million people by 2020, the state will gain three seats in Congress.

The 2010 Census estimate placed the population of Carrollton at 119, 097. Since then, the community has experienced significant and obvious growth. The formal census will deliver an updated accurate count as of 2020.

While the official Census Day is Wednesday, April 1, households will begin receiving invitations to report in March. All persons living or staying in the household including infants should be counted. Non-response follow up begins in May. The last day to respond to the Census is June 30.

The City of Carrollton is supporting the Census effort in several ways making it as easy as possible for residents to participate. There are resources on the website, reminders and regular communication, as well as access to the internet at both Carrollton Public Library locations beginning in March.

For more information on the 2020 Census, visit cityofcarrollton.com/census.

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