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On March 11, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau released this statement: “We must fulfill our constitutional obligation to deliver the 2020 Census counts to the President of the United States on schedule, and we must adhere to our core task of counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place. The key message right now for anyone with questions about how COVID-19 will affect the 2020 Census: It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.” (Source U.S. Census Bureau)
Population numbers from the census determine allocation of billions of dollars in federal funds supporting states, local government, and communities with vital assistance for activities and programs such as neighborhood improvements, public health, housing assistance, education, and transportation. Census data will also determine representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and for redistricting state and local legislative districts.
The 2020 Census is like no other census as residents can choose to respond to the census online, by phone, or by traditional paper questionnaire. Your response to the 2020 Census is strongly encouraged as this will help ensure an accurate and complete population count and achieve a greater than ever response rate to the census. This in turn will benefit all residents of Seminole County for years to come.