Why It’s So Important to Complete the 2020 Census

Thanks to everyone who has already responded to the 2020 Census. The North Main community has a response rate of 75%, so we’re doing a good job, but time is running out. The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that it was moving the deadline from October 31 to September 30. Census workers are expected to begin visiting households that haven’t responded this week. To avoid having a census worker visit your home, fill out your census form online at www.my2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020. It only takes about 10 minutes and your responses are confidential.

Census results are used to determine the distribution of $675 billion in federal funds to states each year. Every 100 people in our state who aren’t counted = more than $2.6M in federal resources that will be sent to other states instead of SC over the course of the decade. We can’t afford to let that happen. SC’s population is estimated to have grown by 12% since the 2010 Census, so if we don’t make sure everyone is counted, precious resources will be stretched thin. The results also matter because they’re used to ensure fair representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Thanks to the 2010 Census, SC gained an additional seat in Congress.

We only get one chance every 10 years to get it right, so please help make sure everyone in our neighborhood is counted. Also, while North Main’s response rate is 75%, the overall response rate for the city of Greenville is only 54%, so please help spread the word that completing the census is safe, easy and important.

Why It’s So Important to Complete the 2020 Census
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2 thoughts on “Why It’s So Important to Complete the 2020 Census

  • September 8, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Thank you so much for writing an article regarding the 2020 Census for your residents. I am the Project Coordinator for the Greenville County Complete Count Coalition (GC4)/ with United Way. I am responsible for leading the countywide efforts of the coalition, and helping to spread awareness and education regarding the significance and impact of Census completion to our communities. With the new deadline (Sept 30) rapidly approaching, we are focused on those areas that still need a little improvement. As of Sept 7, Greenville County has a completed percentage rate of 66.2% Unfortunately the City of Greenville falls within our lowest ranking city in the county -with a completion rate of 56.7%. I was interested in contacting apartment complexes near downtown, and ran across your site. Is there any way we can reach out to residents with a final reminder? Or even better, are there any upcoming events where we could potentially host a table to assist those who may not have completed their Census questionnaires, while keeping safety measure in place. Even another mention via website or newsletter would assist greatly. Please let me know your thoughts and I look forward to hearing from you!

    • October 15, 2020 at 5:15 pm

      I just saw this…I apologize. I am thinking the census deadline has passed? I know I had a sign in my yard, but I seemed to see conflicting dates. I know our neighborhood was close to 80% which I hope was due to our reminders. We would be happy to send something out if it’s not too late.

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