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Census Bureau stresses how filling out data means funding for schools, hospitals and local emergencies

The United State Census Bureau is stressing to local residents just how important it is to fill out accurate information on the ongoing Census. This year, it is easier than ever to respond by mail, phone or online, including via your mobile phone.

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a population count of everyone living in the United States. Responses to the census determine how billions of dollars of federal funds are allocated to states and local communities for essential services such as hospitals, emergency and disaster response, and schools and education programs.  

Responses to the 2020 Census shape decisions about how billions of dollars in federal funds flow into communities each year for the next 10 years for critical services. Counting everyone living in a community helps our leaders plan for the future. Where there are more people, there are often greater needs. 

Emergency situations like the COVID-19 pandemic illustrate just how important it is for health care facilities in our communities to have the funding and resources they need to effectively support the populations they serve.  Complete and accurate census data helps to make that possible.  

Together with data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), census data also allows scientists and health care experts to model the potential impact of an emerging health threat.  This is a powerful tool that enables them to anticipate needs and advise the nation’s policymakers on the expected demand for resources.  

All of this data—made possible when you complete the census—is critical to helping the nation get ahead of our biggest challenges.  

Now more than ever, your response to the 2020 Census matters. Respond today, and make sure your family, friends and neighbors respond too. To learn more about where and how you can respond visit

Jon R Myers

Jon R Myers is he executive editor of the Mississippi New Group, the largest digital only media company in Mississippi.

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