Kriston Wood

Kriston Wood

2020 President, Williamson County Association of REALTORS®

With the 2020 Census scheduled to hit mailboxes this month, WCREALTORS, along with the National Association of REALTORS®, are encouraging all of our members and their clients to complete all forms quickly and accurately.

While the primary purpose of the U.S. Census is to ensure that all states and communities are properly represented in Congress, the once-a-decade exercise also directs $1.5 trillion in federal funds that support critical public policy programs in communities across the country.

What matters to you? Schools? Transportation? Hospitals? Data from the U.S. Census Bureau help inform planning efforts for all of these important community resources.

In fact, U.S. Census results alone drive the allocation of $93.5 billion to Federal Direct Student Loans; $19.3 billion to Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers; and $12 billion to the National School Lunch Program.

As REALTORS® and other industry professionals, we are constantly marketing Williamson County to our clients and customers. We want Williamson County to continue to be a place people call “home” with plenty of reliable services and amenities. The 2020 census matters to YOU and it matters to the community. 

And because the Census Bureau will, for the first time ever, be accepting responses online in 2020 — it is important to note that it is against the law for any employee to disclose or publish census information that identifies an individual. Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private.

WCREALTORS and NAR want to be sure that our members — along with their friends, clients and neighbors — complete the census form accurately and as soon as possible after receiving. This process is quick & secure — and responding takes less time than finishing your morning coffee! 

REALTORS® throughout Williamson County, across Texas and across the nation are a force of 1.4 million strong — and we have a tremendous ability to make a difference in getting the word out to our customers and clients. Our participation will help secure public service and funding for schools, hospitals and fire departments while catalyzing infrastructure improvements that will support new homes and businesses. 

In the end, responding to the 2020 Census is much like voting, it is our civic duty — impacting public resource funding, determining how we plan for the future and securing or voice in government. As community leaders, REALTORS® can help drive the cause. Now is the perfect time to send a friendly note to your clients and customers reminding them to complete the 2020 census. For more information about the upcoming census, visit 2020census.gov.