The 2020 census and what YOU need to do

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

It's urgently important for you to participate in the 2020 census.  Under counted areas suffer with a loss of funding for roads, infrastructure, public education and it's citizens feel the impact of the loss of that share of federal dollars already collected in the impact on local taxes needing to be raised to fund those things for it's area. Not only do you not get those funds, business are reluctant to locate in an area with higher local taxes that can result. Our area is beginning to see some job growth return and we need to keep things rolling in that direction.

What can you do?  If you are a local business or real estate agent and send out any kind of newsletter, please urge people in your letter to complete their census. If you are willing to put up a flyer in your business let me know and I'll be happy to drop one off for you.

Q: Why does it matter if everyone is counted?

  1. Money is a big reason. How many federal dollars Georgia receives for the next 10 years – for schools, hospitals, roads, human services, and more – is determined by the number of people counted in Georgia on Census Day. This makes direct impact on the central Georgia counties around Lake Sinclair as well. 
  2. Fair Representation is another reason. The Census determines how many US Representatives Georgia  has over the next 10 years. Any redistricting done is also based on numbers.
  3. A third reason is quality of life. Businesses use data from the census to decide where to build facilities that offer employment opportunities; local governments use data for public safety and emergency preparedness; and developers use the data from each census to help decide where to build new homes or revitalize neighborhoods. It will have a direct impact on any new industries that can bring jobs to our area.

Federal law does not allow the Census Bureau to share private information with anyone. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics/data that is used by others. You don't have to worry about your data.  They won't be asking for your social security number or a credit card so nothing to worry about a breach and your identity being stolen. 

Why is it important?



How can I help?

I'm taking the challenge to encourage others and wish you would do the same by encouraging your friends and family to participate and help our community.

At Lane Realty we're going a step further and offering wifi and a computer during the month of March for anyone who would like to come to our office and get assistance in finding the right place on line or using one of our computers to complete your census questions.  Just give us a call to let us know when you'd like to come so we will know if we'll have a computer available for you at that time. 706-485-9668





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Comments (21)

Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Great post, the first I've read addressing the upcoming census and the importance to us all to be counted. I'm going to follow your advice, and get the word out to my clients, sphere, neighbors here in California.

Jan 22, 2020 09:34 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Tammy - as California likely risks losing a seat in Congress because of shifts in population, the importance of the upcoming census is one to understand in our state.  

Jan 23, 2020 04:13 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Having a proper count is very important for the well being of all the citizens, so don't be afraid to get counted.

Jan 23, 2020 06:45 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Tammy:

This is terrific, and such important information for people to know and understand...and I suspect many just don't think about it. I will be sharing information on my blog and do either a mailing or an emailing to my clients and SOI.

Thanks for the inspiration!


Jan 24, 2020 01:01 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jan 25, 2020 06:22 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tammy. How smart you are and how terrific this is. It matters a lot. Great job.

Jan 26, 2020 07:11 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

It amazes me that some people are si distrustful of the census process and assume it's nobody's business. Good grief, as you mention, there are so many good reasons to be honest and welcome the chance to participate. D

Jan 26, 2020 07:52 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for reminding us how important taking the Census seriously is and what it is used for.

Jan 26, 2020 08:17 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Excellent explanation and idea Tammy Lankford, . Thank you!

Jan 26, 2020 02:07 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Tammy Lankford, 

Good for you for getting the word out on why it is so important to fill out the US Census report! You are taking it a step further and helping others to get it filed!

Jan 27, 2020 05:59 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely advice to share.

Have an outstanding week.

Jan 27, 2020 06:31 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm glad Kathy shared this post. You do a great job explaining the importance of filling in the census.

Jan 27, 2020 06:54 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Great post! The census is so important! I live in an area where the feds have put us in the wrong metro area! We have a city near us Leland NC, that is separated from Wilmington NC by the Cape Fear River (about 500 yds). Leland is a area of 25,000 people. It is located in the Myrtle Beach metro area. It is 70+miles, and 1.5 hours from Myrtle Beach. MB shows it is fast growing, but most of the growth is in Brunswick County NC. Al most all the growth is around Wilmington NC. It will be very important to our county to have questions answered and answered correctly

Jan 27, 2020 08:05 PM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Thank you for the detailed look at what the Census does. Most younger folks just don't understand. 

Jan 28, 2020 07:38 AM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
@TheBlessedRealtor - ABR, CRS

Wow, I had never given it much thought until I read this post!  Excellent points Tammy Lankford!

Jan 28, 2020 09:58 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Here on Maui we're having a hard time getting enough census workers lined up.

Jan 29, 2020 01:34 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Census data is so critically important to get funding from the Federal Government, among other things.  We're up for more electoral votes this year in Arizona due to our population increase, thanks ot the census data.  It will be interesting to see who loses 2?

Feb 06, 2020 03:28 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Jan Green that actually worries me a little.  I'm hoping that it's not going to be people that will flip your state that have moved in.  I worry the same thing about my state.

Feb 07, 2020 06:59 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

We're overjoyed to get more electoral votes, just don't kow where they'll come from.  There are some states that are losing population so a census count is critical for them. 


Feb 07, 2020 09:55 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Tammy, I love how you think! This is an unusual approach to "real estate" and very creative while educating the general public and letting them know that they MATTER. 

Feb 19, 2020 09:07 AM