As of August 18, Tamarac leads local participation rates, but we are still short of our city’s 2010 Census response rate of 75%.
Why Should I Complete the Census?
As the U.S. Census Bureau states, “Responding to the census helps communities get the funding they need and helps businesses make data-driven decisions that grow the economy. Census data impact our daily lives, informing import-ant decisions about funding for services and infrastructure in your community, including health care, senior centers, jobs, political representation, roads, schools, and businesses. More than $675 billion in federal funding flows back to states and local communities each year based on census data.”
Why Do We Conduct a Census?
The United States has been conducting the Census since 1790. Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution empowers Congress to conduct the Census. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “Enshrining this invention in our Constitution marked a turning point in world history. Previously censuses had been used mainly to tax or confiscate property or to conscript youth into military service. The genius of the Founders was taking a tool of government and making it a tool of political empowerment for the governed over their government.”
Is Completing the Census Online Safe and Secure?
Yes. According to the U.S. Census, “Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.”
Is My Information Private?
Yes. By U.S. law, the government cannot “make any publication whereby the data furnished by any particular establishment or individual under this title can be identified.” This law, part of Title 13 of the U.S. Code, ensures that the Census Bureau cannot release any personally identifiable information about you, even to law enforcement agencies. It is only used for statistical purposes.
What were the 2010 Participation Rates?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010, over 70% of Broward County residents and over 75% of Tamarac residents completed the Census; nationally, the figure was even higher.
Even though Tamarac’s current participation rate is higher than many other places, and higher than the national average, we can still do our part to match or exceed the 2010 participation rates.
Where Can I See More Data?
You can see data from cities, counties, and states across the U.S. on the easy-to-use Census page at https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html.
Could I Get Visited by a Census Worker?
If you have not yet completed the Census, you may be visited by a Census worker.
Here’s how to identify a Census taker (photo courtesy Broward County Census Facebook page)