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March 8-14 is Georgia Census Awareness Week

March 8, 2010

Georgia Census 2010Today kicks off the beginning of Georgia Census Awareness Week.  I’m sure to some this may not sound like the most interesting thing around, but trust me when I say you want to participate in the Census and you want everyone else to participate as well!

You may be wondering: “So what’s the big deal about the Census, why is it so important and how does it directly impact me?”  Here are the key points:

  • The census helps paint a portrait of America by showing how the country evolved over the past 10 years and what America needs for the next 10 years.
  • The 2010 Census is more than just a population count. It’s about the future and well-being of our community and country.
  • Census data are used to reapportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and for the subsequent redistricting of state and local governments.
  • Census data help to determine how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to tribal, state and local governments for important social services that affect local communities like ours.
  • Census data can help fund services for people in poverty, establish facilities for people with disabilities, determine locations for hospitals and senior centers, and forecast transportation needs, such as new roads and public transit options.

Boiled down: The Census determines how much money and representation your community gets! I can’t think of anything more important to ensure the well-being of your home and family than knowing you are properly represented in the government and that your community is getting the federal funding it deserves.

The best part is it’s so easy to do this!  Census forms will be mailed to homes in mid-March and should be returned promptly, basing your household information off who is living in the home and where you will be living as of April 1st, 2010.  The mailer is 10 questions long.  That’s it!  Who knew getting government funding for your communities could be so easy?  For information on a national level, check out the 2010 Census website.  For Georgia Census information, click here.

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