By Charlotte Smith
Since 1790, the United States has held a census to count its citizens. The US Census is collected every 10 years.
Demorrio Thomas with the United States Census Bureau gave a presentation on Monday in Elizabethtown. Before he gave information about the Census to the board, he was introduced by Billie Hall with the Town of Elizabethtown, who is also on the Complete Count Committee here in Bladen County.
“We can lose $16,500 for every person that doesn’t get counted,” Hall told the Town of Elizabethtown Council.
The Census is about two things, money and power, Thomas explained.
“We want to make sure the money is filtered down to the state,” Thomas stated.
He added, “The state may need another house of representative depending on the information collected during the 2020 census.”
The government will be mailing a post cards to every residence with a bar code identifying the residence. The first post card will be mailed out the third week in March. The post cards will request the citizens to go online to and fill out the census. There will be three attempts to collect the information by mailing out the post cards. After the post cards have been distributed there will be door-to-door campaigns to collect the census.
The post cards will only be mailed to physical addresses. If someone has a post office box or does not have internet access they are asked to be proactive and call in to take the census.
Find out more at census.gov.