Starting in March 2020, households across our region and across the country will have the opportunity to participate in the 2020 Census.
Click here to see what the Census package will look like when you receive it in the mail.
During the 2020 Census, 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.
Additionally, there is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census.
If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate. For more information, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.
Simply put, your participation matters.
- Census data is used to allocate billions of dollars in federal and non-profit funding to counties and other local governments.
- Census numbers determine how many representatives a state has in Congress.
- A complete and accurate Census is paramount to equity, opportunity, and addressing the many issues faced by our region and the nation.
Once per decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The census not only counts our population and households, it provides the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
The next census kicks off on April 1, 2020. Data collected in the U.S. Census brings the right amount of federal money to your local community for local programs that help you and your neighbors. For every household that doesn’t get counted, we lose $39,000 over a 10-year period.
We Count! is Tipton County, Tennessee's Census 2020 awareness campaign to educate residents about the importance of being counted in the 2020 Census, and how to be counted. This site will keep you informed as we get closer to April 1, 2020.
Quick Facts About The Importance of the Census - The Cost of An Incomplete Count
- There are 300 federal programs allocated $675 Billion per year on census driven data (Decennial and the American Community Survey)
- In 2015, 37 out of 50 states received a majority of their funding from federal dollars in 5 major programs
- Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
- Medicaid (Traditional and Part D)
- Title IV-E Foster Care
- Title IV-E Adoption Assistance
- Child Care and Development Fund
- Funds loss per person range from a low of $533 in Utah to $2,309 in Vermont
- Tennessee was the median state
- Federal Funds Loss per person in Tennessee are estimated to be $1,091 per person not counted in the census
- Every 1% of population in Tennessee under-counted reduces funding by $69,205,364