Why Should I Be Counted?

Carla Calhoun

The first government population census was taken in 1790 and has been taken ever since. However, there is a 72 year restriction on accessing census information and the most recent information available is 1940.

The 1950 Census will be released in 2 years in 2022. What does this mean?

Well! Your information is confidential for 72 years. This is to protect a responder’s privacy. No one has access to it and more than likely you may have passed on before the next census poll. If you are using any form of social media, there is probably more information about you on there, than in the census.

The census’ goal is to count the entire population of a country. Location, sex, race and how many people live in a residence. This is NOT to spy on you, kick you out the country, have you arrested or get into your business. The census benefits you and your community.

The census works when everyone is counted. This will help to improve your community and identify what services are needed.

For example, businesses use census information to decide where to build factories, open a restaurant or store, which creates jobs for your community. Builders and Developers use census information to build new homes and improve old and forgotten neighborhoods.

The government uses the census for public safety, emergency services, police, fire and medical facilities. It also helps in improving pot-holed, caved in, neglected roads which is a chronic problem in the city of Cleveland.

Did you know that census records can help you research your genealogy?

Individual census records from 1790-1940 are maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration. Information and records are an invaluable tool for genealogy research, not only because of the basic personal facts for each responder, but census records include detailed information that can help make generational connections. When using the census for genealogy research it is helpful to start with the most current census and then go backwards to locate family members.

So, there you have it. We need to be counted not afraid; don’t be “scurred,” your participation is vital because you are important.

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