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Front Page - Friday, April 3, 2020

How the 2020 census affects our community




Real estate is still happening, as is the government. Even though we’re in unprecedented times, we can still do our part to make sure our community is represented by completing the 2020 U.S. census.

Most people know about the U.S. census, but did you know the U.S. Constitution mandates that it occur every 10 years? The founders of this country thought it was important, and for good reason. The census counts everyone in our country and determines how resources are allocated. An accurate census is important.

You should have received your 2020 census invitation in the mail by now. If you have completed it, thank you! If not, we encourage you to complete it immediately.

Our community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. When you respond to the census, you help your community get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, which creates jobs.

Developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.

Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness.

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

Today, more than ever, we are witnessing the importance of counting everyone in our community to ensure we receive our fair share of federal funds. It’s important during this difficult time that we continue to support our community. The information collected from the 2020 census will impact Hamilton County for the next 10 years.

The U.S. Census bureau has extended the deadline for completing the census from July 31 to Aug. 15. Even though that’s the deadline to complete the census, they have already started hitting mailboxes!

But did you know that if you buy a new house but don’t move until April 15, then your old address is where you’re living for census purposes? That means you need to check your mailbox and make sure you’re counted!

The census can also be completed at my2020census.gov.

Regardless of how you choose to complete the census, please take time to complete it to make a positive impact in our community tomorrow.

Realtors are looking to make sure our area is counted. That’s Who We R.

Greater Chattanooga Realtors is The Voice of Real Estate in Greater Chattanooga. A regional organization with more than 2,000 members, Greater Chattanooga Realtors is one of some 1,300 local boards and associations of Realtors nationwide that comprise the National Association of Realtors. Greater Chattanooga Realtors service Hamilton and Sequatchie counties in southeast Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in northwest Georgia. For more information, visit www.gcar.net or call 423 698-8001.