Wednesday, April 1, is Census Day...but what does this mean? Census Day is designed determine who is counted in the 2020 Census and where they are counted.
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and is key to shaping the future of communities. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs legislative district boundaries. They also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds are allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers to communities for public services and infrastructure like hospitals, emergency services, schools and bridges each year over the next 10 years.
The Census Bureau is strongly encouraging the public to respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. You can respond online or by phone in English or 12 other languages. There are also 59 non-English language guides and videos (plus American Sign Language) available on 2020census.gov ensuring over 99% of U.S. households can respond online in their preferred language. It has never been easier to respond on your own -- all without having to meet a census taker. This is really important with the current health and safety guidance being provided by national, state and local health authorities.
A recent article from CNN outlined the importance of the Census;
- The Census determines how billions of dollars in funding will be used in communities across the U.S. It also determines which communities will receive funding and which ones will not.
- The Census is a part of the constitution and your response is required by law. You can be fined if you refuse to fill it out or skip a question.
- A citizenship question is not on the questionnaire. The Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration from putting a citizenship question on the census.
- The first 2020 census mailings you get might include a written questionnaire -- or they might not. The US Census Bureau has been sending different mailings to different households, depending on a variety of factors.
- Up to half a million temporary workers could be hired to help with this count. Officials estimate that about 60% of people will reply to questionnaires in the mail, on the phone or online.
- Some people have already been counted in this year's census. While this week's rollout marks a milestone for the 2020 census, technically the census already started months ago.
The reporting rates for some areas in Campbell County are below. Each city currently has a 30-40% response rate so far.
Check out how your city is doing;
Here you can see how Campbell County is doing as a whole;
You can learn more about how people are counted and who is counted here.