The 24th United States Census is currently being conducted. Here to tell us more about the importance of submitting census information is SC Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers.
- The 2020 Census will count every person living in the United States and five U.S territories, and every person living in the US is required by law to participate
- The census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
- Census data also determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
- This is especially important for South Carolina, as we have seen incredible growth in the last ten years. Recently, Mount Pleasant, SC was even named the 2nd fastest growing city in the United States.
- The census is particularly important for rural communities. In areas with lower populations, every tax dollar coming back into the community helps.
- Increased federal funding based on census data could help fund nutrition programs, infrastructure, education, community projects and other state priorities
- Agriculture benefits when people complete their census, too. The Farm Bill relies partly on census data, as do things like allocation of disaster relief.
- While the US Census Bureau conducts the Census every 10 years, USDA conducts a Census of Agriculture every 5 years. The next Census of Agriculture will be conducted in 2022 and will be a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. You can sign-up to be included in NASS census surveys at nass.usda.gov
- For more information about the US Census, please visit https://2020census.gov/.