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Why is it important for households to fill out the Census?

Census 2020. What is the Census? Vanessa White, Senior Vice President, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio and Chandra Yungbluth, Assistant to City Manager and Census Coordinator, City of Cincinnati, joined the show to discuss the Census.


What is the Census?

Every 10 years, the United States Government takes a headcount on April 1st to get a feel for who’s living in the country at the time. The Census is now open and can be taken online or by calling 1.844.494.2020.

Every household in America will receive a mail invitation to participate in the Census. You can do via phone, paper form or on-line. The final mailer in mid-late April will be the actual form itself. At the end of April, if you haven’t filled it out, census takers will start coming out around May 1st and continue through the summer. It’s important to know that there are only 10 questions, such as name, your age, your phone number, how many people live at your address, how you are related, your sex and your race. It doesn’t ask your social security number, immigration status, financial status, etc.


Why is the Census important?

The U.S. Census is used to determine the spending of about 675 billion dollars in federal spending that goes to schools, hospitals, roads, etc. The data is important because the data is used to make decisions that impact our lives every day. Whether or not businesses open up or not, whether roads get fixed or not, etc.

The Census directly impacts how much money comes in our city and our neighborhoods, says White.

For every person missed, about $1,814 in federal funding is lost to our region and that’s over 10 years.


Listen to the audio here.

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