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Census is vital to area

Every 10 years, since the founding of the country, the United States conducts the census.

And this, year, the headquarters for southeastern Ohio’s count will be located in South Point.

A ribbon cutting for the facility took place on Thursday (for which we will have coverage in this weekend’s Ironton Tribune) and, with that occasion, we would like to remind readers of the importance of filling out their census forms and being counted.

So many things are dependent on an accurate count, with the allocation of funds for federal programs, the number of congressional representatives and the state’s electoral vote count hanging in the balance.

While some may take issue with questions such as income as being too intrusive, they should be assured that their answers remain confidential.

And this data serves an important purpose, providing officials with a breakdown and picture of the composition of areas of the country like southern Ohio and the need for aid and investment.

The census is a benefit to regions like ours and is a major step in providing solutions to address issues affecting here.

We urge all residents to fill out their census forms accurately and efficiently.

Not only is it required by law, but it is a boost that will help your community.