Accurate census results mean more money for the local community
POCAHONTAS—Mary Margaret Jackson, partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, was guest speaker at the Oct. 2 Pocahontas Rotary meeting where she spoke about the importance of obtaining accurate census results with the upcoming 2020 decennial census.
Jackson said the amount of taxpayer money distributed back to the communities during this census is estimated to be $2,500 per person—up from $1,600 in 2010. This finding came from a study conducted by George Washington University, who is respected and well-known for their vast research in demographics.
The decennial census is taken every 10 years and has been conducted in years ending in “0” since 1790, as required by the U.S. Constitution. In addition to apportioning state representation, the census data is used to make decisions affecting legislation and spending on housing, highways, hospitals, schools, assistance programs, and scores of other projects and programs vital to the health and welfare of the nation’s population and economy.
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