The US Constitution mandates a national Census every ten years in an effort to count every person living in the US once – and only once – and in the right place.
Data from the decennial census are crucial in determining resources to be distributed to each community. More specifically, these data are used to:
- Reapportion seats in the House of Representives
- Redraw congressional and state legislative districts.
- Determine how $675 billion in federal money are funneled to state, county, and community programs.
- Decide where businesses should build new locations.
- Decide where new homes should be built or which old neighborhoods should be revitalized.
- Support various community initiatives within communities.
- Ensure adequate public safety and emergency preparedness.
By April 1st, 2020, every home should receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding: online, by phone, or by mail. In some circumstances, or if you have not completed the Census by May, you may also have a Census worker come to your home to complete the questions with you.
For more information, visit the Census Bureaus website at 2020census.gov or contact the Census Bureau to speak to a local representative at 301-763-INFO (4636) or 800-923-8282. You can also contact Art Holbrooks, Clemson’s City Planner, at 864-653-2050 or firstname.lastname@example.org