The 2020 United States Census is happening now. Residents should have received their census invitation via postal mail already. It is very important for every resident to complete their census forms. This year the US Census is making this task even more convenient. Residents may submit their census forms over the phone, online, or by postal mail.
The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed into communities for the next decade. The funding that is allotted from the census results affects several different aspects of the community. A few of the things affected by a complete and accurate count are funding for schools, roadways, public transportation, construction, disease control strategies and many more.
The 2020 Census will also determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives, congressional and state legislative districts as well as help lawmakers make critical decisions.
Are you curious about how many people in your community are responding to the 2020 Census? You're now able to stay up to date with a map of self-response rates from across the United States. View the map HERE.
How the Census Bureau is monitoring COVID-19. LEARN MORE HERE>
How You Can Safely Promote Census Response?
- Post a blog or video message from your leadership encouraging census response.
- Send notices to your employees and email lists to encourage response. Leverage collaboration platforms, employee resource groups, text messages, and customer bills and receipts.
- Host a webinar or teleconference to share census information and answer questions.
- Write letters to the editor or op-eds on why census participation is important, particularly to support challenges like the coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Provide free advertising opportunities to promote the 2020 Census.
- Actively monitor, fact check, and correct census misinformation on social networks.
The Census Bureau continues to carefully monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and follow the guidance of federal, state, and local health authorities.
The key message right now is: It has never been easier to respond to the census on your own—whether online at 2020census.gov, over the phone, or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.
Should any additional adjustments need to be made, the Census Bureau will communicate these changes broadly and promptly.
More than 14 million households have already responded to the census. America is stepping up to shape our future and ensure families and communities are counted.