It may be an impossible goal, but it is one everyone can help with. 

Within a few weeks, the 2020 census forms will start arriving in people’s mailboxes. 

The census in the United States has a long history, dating back to 1790, making the 2020 census the 24th time that a national head count has been conducted.

Census data is used for other purposes, including market research, locating populations of skilled workers and determining the allocation of federal funding. 

It is also the basis for how many U.S. House of Representatives are assigned to each state, as well as how their districts are divided. 

Title 13 of the United States Code requires a census response. It also requires the Census Bureau keep respondents’ answers confidential and use them only for tabulations that do not reveal any personal data about individuals or households.

In spite of all of this, there are still a lot of people who fail to fill out their census forms. Officials estimate that only 75 percent of those living in Utah were counted in the 2010 census, which hurts both the state and local communities. 

Some people are afraid to fill out the forms due to their legal status in this country. Even though efforts are being made to educate people that the census can’t be used as a way to root out illegal immigrants, there are still those who are needlessly fearful of it.

Others just don’t see the need for it. Either through laziness or apathy, many census forms remain ignored. 

The census is an important snapshot of life in the United States of America, and it only occurs once a decade. Taking a few minutes to fill out the forms and send them back is not difficult, and it helps the local community. 

Census records are released 72 years after the initiation of each census cycle. The current census cycle started two years ago, and the records from it will be released in 2090.

However, the population and demographic information will be released in approximately 13 months. This information not only determines federal funding and representation, but also provides an insight into a community’s growth patterns. 

It also provides the most definitive answer to the question of, “How many people live in Richfield, or Salina, or Monroe?”

It’s a question everyone who lives in a town is interested in knowing the answer to, but unless the forms are completed and sent in, the answer will be incomplete.

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