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NAR Calls on Realtors to Urge Census Participation

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The U.S. makes major decisions based on population census data, such as the amount of funding granted individual communities and the division of political districts.

WASHINGTON – The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) wants its nearly 1.4 million members to help raise awareness about the upcoming U.S. census and ensure a robust response. It’s important for every U.S. citizen to complete the census because the data is used to determine the allotment of congressional seats for each state and critical funding for individual communities.

Next year, for the first time, the Census Bureau will accept responses over the internet, although the option to respond by phone or mail will still exist. The move online is expected to encourage more Americans to complete the census while saving money for the government.

Some residents fear a loss of privacy if they participate, and while the logistical challenges are immense, federal law protects it from being exposed. It is against the law for any U.S. Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish data that identifies an individual, and Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to keep respondents’ information private.

Realtors can help by spreading the word on their social media channels and encouraging their customers to participate.

Avoiding scams

With hucksters and scammers use every avenue they can to secure private information, and U.S. residents should be prepared for the same thing related to the census – but they shouldn’t use that fear to avoid participating. If an apparent census taker asks for any information that could be used to identify the participant, it’s like a scam.

The Census Bureau will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card account numbers, money or donations, or anything on behalf of a political party. The Census Bureau is currently working to hire enumerators to help complete this process “because the bureau expects fewer than seven in 10 household members to self-respond to the census online, by mail, or over the phone,” NPR reports.

The Census Bureau has prepared multiple resources online to help those with influence, such as real estate professionals, publicly speak to the value of the census.

NAR is also encouraging its members and their clients to complete all forms quickly and accurately. For more information about the upcoming census, visit 2020census.gov.

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