2020 U.S. CENSUS
Why should you fill it out and how does it affect Reidsville?
First, the federal government distributes $675 billion annually to local and state governments. Much of those disbursements are based on population. That means the higher Reidsville’s population, the more funds the City receives. And the more grants and funding we get can impact positively your local taxes!
Secondly, the U.S. Constitution requires that electoral districts be periodically adjusted or redrawn to account for population shifts. Each decade, the census reveals where populations have risen or fallen and that can affect who represents you on the State and National level.
And thirdly, the census collects data that is valuable for businesses. The census results help business owners decide where to open new stores, where to expand operations, and which products and services they should offer to their customers like you.
Is this information shared with any agency like Homeland Security or ICE?
ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business – not even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
The Census Bureau will never ask you for:
Your Social Security number.
Money or donations.
Anything on behalf of a political party.
Your bank or credit card account numbers.
If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau asks you for one of these things, it's a scam. Don’t cooperate but report them to the U.S. Census Bureau. All census workers will have an ID badge with their photograph. Their mission is to either verify addresses prior to the census, collecting census responses, dropping off census materials or conducting quality checks on the census.
Responding to the census is required by law. If you don’t respond, the U.S. Census Bureau will follow up, sending someone to your home to collect your census in person. And while you are required by law to participate, again, the Census Bureau is also required by law to protect your answers. Your responses are used only to produce statistics – nothing will identify you!
Here’s how the census helps Team Reidsville!
▪ Economic Development: Businesses use census data to decide where to put a store, office, or plant. These new locations create jobs and support our community’s economy.
▪ Businesses use the information to determine what to sell in their stores so communities get what they need.
▪ Cities use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals.
▪ Real estate developers use census data to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.
▪ The information helps Reidsville receive federal grant funding for a variety of local projects, such as the Skat Bus System, RCARE/Senior Center, Rockingham County Public Schools, the list goes on and on….
IT BENEFITS YOU & REIDSVILLE WHEN YOU
TAKE THE 2020 U.S. CENSUS
CENSUS BEGINS APRIL 1, 2020
BE HEARD - EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE COUNTED - FROM BABIES TO SENIORS!
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
The 2020 Census marks the first time you'll have the option to respond online. You can even respond on your mobile device. Don’t forget to count everyone that lives in your household as of April 1 – from newborn babies to seniors. It benefits us all as part of TEAM REIDSVILLE!
Click on the English or Spanish language versions below to begin taking the 2020 U.S. Census: