OKC VeloCity | Get ready for the 2020 census

Get ready for the 2020 census

By Chamber Staff / Inside OKC / December 16, 2019

You’ve heard of “new year, new me” but are you ready for “new decade, new census”?

With 2020 just on the horizon, now is a good time to start reminding everyone to fill out their census information once the count begins.

“But why do I need to fill out the census?” you ask, “What’s in it for me, or my household?”

A lot, actually.

When you fill out the census, you’re effectively letting the government know that there’s +1 (or however many people are in your household) people in Oklahoma City. The larger OKC can prove its population is, the more money and resources it has the potential to get.

According to census.gov,

“Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals.

Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs.

Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.”

Your letters with census information should be arriving in mid-March, with April 1 being designated “Census Day.” This is also the first census which will include an option to respond online or via phone.

If you’re looking for some temporary employment around this time, the census has job openings in Oklahoma.

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