The deadline to complete the 2020 Census is quickly approaching as September 30 is the last day to respond. It is crucial the Tennessee rural population is counted. Census results shape the future of communities, as census data informs how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, school lunch programs, disaster recovery initiatives, and other critical programs and services for the next 10 years.
In 2010, Tennessee’s self-response rate was 67.1% and as of August 28, it was 64%. Make sure Tennessee is accurately counted this year, especially our rural communities. You may take the census online, by phone, by mail, or in person.
Census data shapes rural programs related to the following:
· Rural education.
· Rural business enterprise grants.
· Rural home rental assistance.
· Water and waste disposal systems for rural communities.
· State wildlife grants.
· Rural housing preservation grants.
· Rural healthcare.
Interesting Census Numbers:
• 0: Amount of your info the Census Bureau may release for 72 years that identifies your home.
• 9: # of U.S. Representatives Tennessee has in Congress based on census numbers.
• 55: # of federal programs that use census data to calculate funding. These include Medicare Part B, nutrition assistance, highway construction, education, and housing assistance.
• 1,091: Amount of federal dollars lost per person undercounted in Tennessee.
The Census Bureau DOES NOT:
· Send unsolicited emails to request your participation,
· Ask for your Social Security Number, bank account, or credit card numbers,
· Ask for money or donations, or
· Contact you on behalf of a political party. Learn how responding to the 2020 Census could shape the future of your town by watching this video. Complete the 2020 Census today by clicking here. The deadline is September 30.