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Why Should I Participate in the 2020 Census

Contributed by Doreen Hettich-Atkins on 02/12/20 

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Census statistical data is important and is used in a variety of ways to improve your local community.  Help Tompkins County access it’s fair share of over $675 billion in federal funds and even more in state funds by making sure you are counted!  Tompkins County has a large population of college students – a group that has traditionally been undercounted in the Census.  You matter to this community. 

Here are some ways that census data are used: 

  • Drawing federal, state, and local legislative districts 
  • Reapportioning seats in the House of Representatives  
  • Forecasting future transportation needs 
  • Planning for hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and the local of other health services 
  • Directing funds for services for people in poverty 
  • Estimating the number of people displaced by natural disasters. 
  • Planning future government strategies 
  • Drawing school district boundaries 
  • Planning budgets for government at all levels. 
  • Establishing fair market rents and enforcing fair lending practices. 
  • Determining areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans. 

For the first time, the Census will be able to be completed on-line.  

More information is available at Census 2020 


Keep reading intercom for more information as well. 

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