Every ten years, the United States Census Bureau conducts a nationwide headcount. The census is mandated by the Constitution and is a colossal effort that provides data for government representation, redistricting, and potential funding for vital programs such as education, transportation, employment, and health care.
In mid-March, homes in Southlake and across the country will receive an invitation to complete the 2020 Census by phone, by mail, or online. For most of the United States, this kicks off the census count. Curious about what the census questions? Take a look at this sample questionnaire for more information.
The City of Southlake uses this data in many ways. It helps our Police and Fire departments develop their Safety and Security initiatives. It supports our planners’ work with our City Council to plan new homes and support our current neighborhoods. Ultimately it helps the City research and make informed decisions about our community and our quality of life.
Local businesses also use the data to envision where they want to build offices and stores which support job creation, and school districts use it to meet our kids’ immediate and future educational needs.
These are just some of the reasons why everybody counts. For more information about the 2020 census timeline and what to expect click here.