By now, you’ve probably received a piece of mail or two from the U.S. Dept. of Census asking you to complete the 2020 Census survey. Maybe you tossed it because you didn’t realize how important it was or fully understand why the government needs this information.
The Census is conducted every 10 years and counts everyone once, only once and in the right place. Your community benefits the most in federal funds, grants and support when the census counts everyone.
“The Census helps us redistrict our elected leaders at the federal and state levels once every ten years, giving us a ‘reset’ in how we are represented,” says Andy Flynt, director of information with the Spartanburg County Public Libraries. “More importantly, the numbers help us determine where over $13 billion in federal monies are sent in South Carolina every year. Much of that money makes its way into Spartanburg County, helping us provide food assistance, money for schools, EMS and roads.”
Flynt is also the chair of the 2020 Spartanburg County Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census.
The Census is conducted mid-March through mid-June. You have the option of responding by mail or phone, and for the first time this year, online at www.census.gov.
When you respond to the census, you report where you live as of April 1, 2020.
For people who don’t have access to the internet at home, Flynt encourages them to go to their local library or community center that has internet to complete the survey online.
And if you’re worried about the information you share in the survey, you don’t need to be. The Census Bureau is required by law to protect personal information and only use your answers to produce statistics.
Kenneth “Turk” Gist, Mayor of the City of Woodruff, encourages all residents to complete the census survey. “It’s very important to get that done.”
Mayor Gist has seen the population of the city decline over the last few decades. But in the next three to five years, he anticipates roughly 300 to 700 people moving within the city limits and additional growth outside the city limits. He’s excited for the growth and says, “It will happen sooner than you think.”
Population Breakdown of Spartanburg Municipalities
Of Spartanburg County’s 13 municipalities, Woodruff is the third largest in population.
|City of Spartanburg||37,644|
|City of Greer||32,102|
|City of Woodruff||4,325|
|Town of Lyman||3,615|
|Town of Duncan||3,525|
|City of Wellford||2,664|
|City of Landrum||2,625|
|Town of Pacolet||2,472|
|Town of Cowpens||2,379|
|City of Inman||2,378|
|City of Chesnee||937|
|Town of Reidville||669|
|Town of Campobello||581|