Participation in 2020 Census critical
By now, you’ve probably heard chatter about the U.S. 2020 Census.
The census, conducted every 10 years by the U.S. Census Bureau, counts every living person in the U.S. and its five territories “once, only once, and in the right place,” according to 2020census.gov.
Census Day is April 1, 2020, which may seem a ways off – 270 days to be exact – but the time to prepare is now.
So why does participating in the 2020 Census matter?
According to 2020census.gov, the census can shape many aspects of our community, including hospitals, public safety departments, schools, even roads and highways.
“Each year, the results help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities,” the website states. “It’s also mandated by the Constitution: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.”
The following are key dates you should mindful of.
Now through September, the U.S. Census Bureau will be opening its remaining area census offices to support and manage census takers who work to conduct the census, 2020census.gov states. In August, the bureau will conduct in-field address canvassing to ensure its list is current, the website states.
On April 1, 2020, Census Day will be observed nationwide and by this date, 2020census.gov states households will receive an invitation to participate in the census, and will be able to do so online, by mail or phone. Come May 2020, the website states the bureau will begin following up with households that haven’t responded ahead of delivering apportionment counts to the president.
Questions you’ll be asked, according to 2020census.gov, include:
• How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020;
• Whether the home is owned or rented;
• About the age, race and sex of each person in the household, and whether a person in the household is of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin;
• About the relationship of each person in the household to one central person; and,
• About the citizenship status of each person.
But while there is a legitimate need and purpose for the 2020 Census, it also opens the door to scammers. Someone claiming to be from the bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, money/donations, bank/credit card account numbers or for anything on behalf of a political party.
Your personal information is kept confidential, 2020census.gov states, and your data are used only for statistical purposes.
We encourage you to reach out to your sphere of influence and get them to participate. Accurate numbers will greatly help our community in the future.