If you haven’t filled out your census form, you still have time to do so.
Lisa Thompson of the City of Texarkana, Texas, says that within the state of Texas, only 55% of Texas residents have completed the form, which falls behind the national average of 61%. The figure for Texarkana citizens’ response is also 55%. This information comes from 2020Census.gov
According to the release,
The response in each state, county, and city is used to determine the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding each year across the nation. An undercount of the Texarkana population would mean less money for health care, education, and nutrition, as well as other local needs like fire departments, roads, housing, and more. With the unknown long-term impact of the pandemic and high unemployment, it is important Texarkana gets its fair share of federal funds.
Census counts also help determine the number of seats the state is allotted in the U.S. House of Representatives, and if state and local legislative districts need to be adjusted or redrawn.
Census data also can be valuable to business owners who might use it to determine where to open new stores, restaurants, offices or other business operations based on population growth and trends and understand what services are needed.
Answers provided in the census are used only to produce data about our nation, and the U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to keep the information you provide confidential. The Bureau is prevented from releasing any of your personal information to law enforcement, and answers will not impact eligibility to receive government benefits.
Residents can visit my2020census.gov to fill out the form online. Or, call: (844) 330-2020, to speak to a representative in English, or call: (844) 468-2020, to speak in Spanish to a representative.