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US Census Bureau gearing up for 2020

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Residents of Granville County will soon be asked to respond to the 2020 Census.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly every household will be invited to respond online, by phone or by mail starting in mid-March 2020. Most areas — about three out of every four households — will receive an invitation to respond online or by phone, while other households will receive a paper questionnaire, along with an invitation to respond online.

This is the first time that the three response options — online, phone and U.S. mail — are being made available. Information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the data provided through any one of these three methods will reduce the number of follow-up visits needed as an accurate address list is developed.

The U.S. Constitution requires that a census of America’s population be taken every 10 years. Information that is derived from the Census determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress, as well as helping determine needs for infrastructure, education, emergency services, etc. Businesses also use census data in making decisions that impact the economy. More than $675 billion is distributed in federal funds each year, based on information collected from the U.S. Census. Local governments also refer to results of the U.S. Census to allocate funding, as well as to develop programs and services for its residents.

To learn more about the U.S. Census, visit