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Thousands of high-paying jobs are available in and around Nashville as part of the 24th U.S. Census.

Beginning April 1, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin its nationwide count of every living person in the country. The 2020 Census is part of a historic event that happens every 10 years, and people can get paid to be a part of it. 

All across the country, the government is recruiting hundreds of thousands of census workers, and a bulk of those jobs is open in Nashville. All positions are temporary, but they pay well. The average pay rate for a census taker in Nashville is $23.50, and that doesn’t include reimbursement for things like mileage. Workers even get paid while training for the position. Other job openings include census taker supervisors, recruiting assistants, clerks and office operations supervisors. 

The application process has already started. The 2020 Census officially starts April 1 and will run through the summer. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and must pass a criminal background check. 

The 2020 Census marks the 24th census in the United States since 1790. The purpose is to count every living person in the United States, District of Columbia and each of the five American territories, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

It is vital the count is correct. Census data is used to determine how much funding the federal government gives to critical public services such as hospitals, fire departments, public schools and even the roads we drive. The census data also determines how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and how legislative districts are drawn. 

It is required by law each citizen take part in the census. Beginning in March, every home will receive an official letter from the Census Bureau. There will be three different options in which to respond, online, by phone or by mail. The letter will give details on how to comply. 

To ensure everyone is counted, census takers will begin visiting homes that have not yet responded to the letters sent out. To apply for one of the jobs, visit 2020census.gov/jobs.

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