The City is counting how many people presently live within the current city limits.
The City receives money from the State based on its certified population. The most recent state-certified census was in 2011 when the population was 109,031 persons. Since then our city has grown to an estimated 131,000. The State won't accept estimates: there must be a certified count.
The State-shared tax revenues from sales tax and fuel tax for fiscal year 2017-2018 are $127.45 per resident. If our certified population is 131,000, we have had an increase of almost 22,000 people which could amount to about $2,800,000 of State-shared revenue annually. Our City property tax rate has not increased since 1998. We need this additional revenue to help hold our other taxes low.
Census cards will be mailed to every household in the city. Each household will be asked to provide the first and last names of each person living at that address, including children of all ages. There are two ways:
Each mailer includes a 6 digit ID number. If you reply on line, please type this number in. This number will automatically fill in your address information. You will only need to type in the names of each person living there. This saves you time and avoids problems with the address database to prevent misspellings.
Yes. Go to murfreesborotn.gov/census on your mobile device and complete the instructions.
The City will maintain all of the census data on a secure server.
A Murfreesboro Fire Rescue employee will visit you if we do not receive a response to our mailings to collect the information. The City will not use anyone but Fire Rescue personnel to collect the information. Do not give your information to anyone else - it could be a scam.
No. We want to avoid potential scams
No. Under no circumstances will we ask for any other information. Do not give any financial, credit card numbers, social security numbers or other sensitive information. If someone asks for this, it is a scam - do not give this information to anyone claiming to be from the City.
If the address on your card does not match your current address, please use the mailer and not the online system.
No. Federal Censuses are typically done every 10 years. The most recent was done in 2010. The next will be in 2020. Sometimes the Federal Census Bureau sends surveys to gather information without a population count.
The Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) has been asked to verify the City's count.
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) is the certifying agency for this city-wide census.
People living in group situations - which include assisted living facilities, correction facilities, hospitals, military installation, and nursing homes, live-in "group quarters" and will be contacted directly and counted independently. Multi-family residential complexes (such as apartment dwellings) are not considered to be group quarters.