Census Bureau talks to Williamson County leaders about importance of data collection, participation


Census Bureau talks to Williamson County leaders about importance of data collection, participation

PHOTO: Faye Anderson with the U.S. Census Bureau reaches out to leaders in Williamson County during a special presentation in Franklin on Tuesday.

BY ALEXANDER WILLIS

On Tuesday, Faye Anderson, a Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, visited the Williamson County Administrative Complex in Franklin to reach out to heads of the local community and inform them of the importance of census data collection and participation.

As required by the U.S. Constitution, each decade a census must be conducted, with the goal being to have an accurate understanding of America’s population, allowing resources and funds to be allocated appropriately to communities across the country.

The Complete Count Committees program, spearheaded by the U.S. Census Bureau, is aimed at collecting as accurate information as possible on the population by cooperating with local leaders in education, business, government, and more.

While still a few years away, the Census Bureau has been working on the 2020 census since the completion of the last census in 2010.

“The goal is to reach everyone once, only once, and in the right place,” said Faye Anderson, a Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau. “We wanted to make it accessible at a touch of a button, so the busy people that are out there doing stuff, living live, can easily do it on their phone.”

The 2020 census will allow participants to respond online, by mail or by phone for the first time.

The data collected will have many uses; arguably one of the more important being the allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funds to states, local, and tribal governments.

Other uses for the data include the redistricting of state legislative districts, planning for future public and private transportation needs, designing facilities designed for children, the elderly and people with disabilities, and determining areas of eligibility for housing assistance.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the 2020 census, including non U.S. citizens. Data collected by the Census Bureau is protected under Title 13 of the U.S. code, and is required by law to be kept confidential for 72 years. Data collected will also never be shared with immigration enforcement agencies, such as ICE, FBI and police departments.

“It’s mandated by the Constitution to participate,” Faye said. “If you know it’s secure, you’re more likely to do it.”

The Complete Count Committees program will continue to raise awareness to the 2020 census through holding media briefings, participating in rallies and parades, and recruiting more census workers.

For more information on the 2020 census, please visit the government census website.

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