The 2020 Census, which has been underway since late March, is a national survey that is conducted every ten years. Through the census, a count of the country’s population is collected.
According to census.gov, over 70 million American household have responded thus far, representing only 50 percent of all households in the U.S.
The Bureau suspended 2020 Census field data collection activities in March, following the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and it reports that steps are already being taken to reactivate field offices beginning June 1, 2020, in preparation for the resumption of field data collection operations as quickly as possible following June 1.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Census Bureau has also made adjustments to the 2020 operations in order to protect the health and safety of the American people and their employees, implementing guidance from federal, state and local authorities and has been working diligently to ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.
The data collected by the Census serves to help determine things such as the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, along with how federal money is allocated between states and districts for key programs, many of which are administered by nonprofits.
At stake are several hundred federal financial assistance programs that rely on Census data to determine the amount of funds given to states, counties and cities.
These programs include the Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid), Medicare Part B, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Section 8 Project-Based Housing and Head Start/Early Head Start, among others.
An undercount on the census can severely affect the amount of funding the state and counties receive for these programs beginning in 2021.
Once Census data collection is complete, the Census Bureau begins an extensive, thorough and scientifically rigorous process to produce the apportionment counts, redistricting information and other statistical data products that help guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector spending per year.
If you haven’t yet completed your 2020 Census questionnaire there is still time to do so, and the process is fairly quick and easy.
To fill out your Census survey online, visit https://my2020census.gov/, and click on the “Start Questionnaire” button. Online responses are safe, secure and confidential.
Once you start the questionnaire it must be completed, and if you leave the page and return later to finish, you will have to start over.
If you’re unable to complete the Census online, you may also do so over the phone by calling 844-330-2020.
Alternately, if individuals still possess the Census response cards that were sent out in early April, they may be filled out and mail to U.S. Census Bureau National Processing Center, 1201 E 10th Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47132.
The deadline for self-response is Friday, August 14.
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