Even with complications caused by COVID-19 and social distancing, the 2020 Census moves on. In Taney County, as of May 26, 46.5-percent of Taney County households have completed the 2020 Census, according to data published by the Census Bureau. That’s somewhat ahead of figures at this time in 2010.
But that’s not necessarily great news. According to Wyatt Loethen, Census Coordinator for Ozarks Wellness Network in Branson, about 30,000 people living in Taney County have not yet been counted for the 2020 Census.
Why is this a big deal? Loethen explains that data from the census helps determine how hundreds of billions of federal dollars are spent throughout the country for an entire decade. That includes organizations and services such as schools, emergency response services, hospitals, and roads.
For every Missourian who goes uncounted in the 2020 Census, Missouri loses $1,300 each year for 10 years.
If 30,000 remain uncounted in our county alone, that’s a loss to Missouri of $39 million each year for 10 years. A loss to schools, emergency response services, hospitals and roads. Completing the census helps bring back federal tax dollars that are available to be invested Taney County.
There are three different options to fill out the 2020 Census. You can respond conveniently online at my2020census.gov, by phone with a live representative to help you at 844-330-2020, or the traditional mail-in option.
Of the households in Taney County that have completed the census, Loethen says, 33.7-percent have responded online, with the remaining 12.8-percent responding either by phone or by mail.
If you have any questions about who to count in your household or other complex situations, you can call the 844-330-2020 and a live census worker will help you.
The census may take 10 minutes of your time, but it will give Taney County 10 years of opportunity to thrive.