Census response lagging

Only 11 percent of Miller County residents have completed their 2020 Census requests.

Accurate information also helps with things like economic development to attract new businesses and jobs and keep businesses here in Lake Ozark.
“Getting an accurate count of our population is important to Lake Ozark as it relates to possible grant opportunities and various funding sources,” City Administrator Dave Van Dee explained. ”Knowing how many people we serve gives us the ability to effectively plan and budget for the provision of our services.”

It’s not too late to respond to the 2020 Census while being safe and practicing social distancing at home. Once you have responded, please encourage your family and friends to complete the census as well.

It’s never been easier to participate:

•Online

•By phone

•By mail

You can respond today by going to 2020Census.gov; or by calling 844-33-2020.

“We aim to count everyone accurately while we support efforts to protect the health and safety of the American public and the Census Bureau team,” a Census 2020 official said. “Current times are unprecedented, but they also present an opportunity to reach families digitally across the nation and work towards keeping the 2020 Census in the conversation across channels and platforms. It has never been easier to respond to the census and to help promote the census from your own home.”

 

Key Facts About the Census

●The census counts every person living in the United States, regardless of age or citizenship status, every 10 years in years ending in 0.

●It’s in the Constitution. It’s important

●It’s about money, power, and data.

●Every 10 years we help decide how taxpayer dollars come back to our communities. The 2020 Census will help to distribute billions of dollars in federal resources to your community.

●Our community gets resources based on census population counts, that help pay for hospitals, emergency services, schools, roads, and more.

●An accurate and complete census helps businesses, community leaders and elected officials make informed decisions every day. It’s easy

●For the first time, people can respond online and by phone, in addition to the mail-in option. Your response impacts funding for your community for critical services for the next 10 years.

●The next decennial census happens in 2030.It’s safe and confidential

●Your data is protected and it’s confidential. Federal law protects your responses, which cannot be shared with law enforcement, immigration agencies, or housing authorities. COVID-19 & the 2020 Census

●Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up with households.