Are you willing to lose $120 million? Columbus, Georgia is currently below the national and state averages for the U.S. Census 2020 response rates. More than 80,000 households have not reported so far.Based on the Census counts, each household is allocated $1,500 each year in funding to support critical infrastructure from healthcare to education.
We could lose $120 million in funding each year for the next ten years. How you can help: complete the Census for your household at mycensus2020.gov. Why does it matter for schools?
We receive federal funding for our students and communities based on the final count from the Census. This funding supports:
Special education, Head Start, after-school programs, and classroom technology
Food assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunch and breakfast programs
Maternal and child healthcare
Learn more about the impact of the Census for communities HERE
Census 2020 FAQs (source: https://my2020census.gov/)
What is the 2020 Census? The goal of the census is to count every person living in the United States, once, only once and in the right place. Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that this population and housing count occur every 10 years. Census data guide how more than $675 billion of federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year.
Am I required to respond to the 2020 Census? Yes, you are required by law to respond to the 2020 Census (Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141 and 193). We are conducting the 2020 Census under the authority of Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141, 193 and 221. This collection of information has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The eight-digit OMB approval number is 0607-1006. If this number were not displayed, we could not conduct the census.
Who should complete the 2020 Census questionnaire? This 2020 Census questionnaire should be completed by the person who owns or rents the living quarters or any other person who is at least 15 years of age with knowledge of the household.
How do I change my answers? For questions where you must choose a single response from a list, clicking another response will change your answer to that response. If it is a “select all that apply” question, you may click on a selected check box to unselect the box and remove it as one of your answers.
How long will the 2020 Census questionnaire take? The Census Bureau estimates that completing the questionnaire will take 10 minutes on average.
How will the Census Bureau use the information I provide? By law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics.
Will the results be published? Yes. By law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. The Census Bureau plans to make results of this study available to the general public. Results will be presented in aggregate form and no personally identifiable information will be published. Information quality is an integral part of the pre-dissemination review of the information disseminated by the Census Bureau (fully described in the Census Bureau’s Information Quality Guidelines at https://www.census.gov/about/policies/quality/guidelines.html). Information quality is also integral to the information collection conducted by the Census Bureau and is incorporated into the clearance process by the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Do I have to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire for my household members? Yes, you will be asked to provide information for each household member.