Chris Landis 2020 Partnership Specialist with the U.S Census Bureau spoke at Wednesday's Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce meeting to emphasize the importance of making sure that each person within the state is counted.
"For every person not counted Oklahoma loses $1,675 per person, per year for 10 years," Land said.
When considering location of a new business most national chains use Census Bureau statistics to determine population. Population count is often the leading factor a business uses to determine whether or not to locate their business in a particular area.
Sallisaw and Sequoyah County are currently below the national average for Census registration. Sequoyah County is at 47 % registered while Oklahoma is at 58.9% making it 40th in the nation.
Land stated that children under 5 comprised the largest group missed during the last census. Estimates are that more than 18 thousand children were not counted.
Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief Bryan Warner also encouraged everyone to be registered especially Native American citizens. "For every tribal member that fails to be counted the nation loses 50 thousand dollars in resources over 10 years," Warner stated.
Census workers are currently going door to door to ensure that everyone is counted or you can register at
KXMX News Staff
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