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How the 2020 US Census could mean money, grants for Waco

The city of Waco is stressing the importance of participating in the census.

WACO, Texas — Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver spoke Monday about the city's plans for the 2020 U.S. Census and to encourage residents to participate.

Deaver talked about the role that a Complete Count Committee plays in informing and motivating residents to participate in the census. The committee will be appointed at the city council meeting on April 16.

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The U.S. Census asks questions about how many people live or stay in each home, and the sex, age, and race of each person. The city's goal is to count everyone once and in the correct place.

According to the United States Census Bureau, federal funds, grants, and support to states and counties are based on population totals. The community benefits the most when the census counts everyone, Deaver said.

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Local government agencies use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Businesses also use the census data to determine where to build their stores or factories, and developers use this to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.

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