Why NAR Is Teaming Up to Promote the 2020 Census

January 14, 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau designated the National Association of REALTORS® a national partner for the upcoming 2020 census. NAR has agreed to urge its 1.4 million members to take part in the census and to encourage their communities to do so as well.

“NAR is able to provide tremendous value to our members because of the research we produce examining trends in communities across this country,” says NAR President Vince Malta. “But the usefulness of that information relies on current, accurate data from the federal government. Full participation in the census is in many ways the only way to ensure that data is correct.”

The census helps determine Congressional representation. Also, $1.5 trillion is distributed to states and localities based on census results. These funds are used for roads, schools, hospitals, and additional public services. This year’s results will also influence 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.

REALTORS® will be provided with promotional materials to share with others to urge them to take part in the 2020 census. census notices will be mailed in mid-March. This will be the first time that the census questionnaire will be able to be completed online.