By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. You’ll have three (3) options to respond: online, by phone or by mail. Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs – impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
As of Saturday, March 28, 2020, based on continuing assessments of guidance from federal, state and local health authorities, the U.S. Census Bureau is suspending 2020 Census field operations for two additional weeks to April 15, 2020. The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau employees, and everyone who will go through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions.
The Census Bureau continues to evaluate all 2020 Census field operations, and will communicate any further updates as soon as possible.
HOW THE CENSUS BENEFITS YOUR COMMUNITY:
•Residents: use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
•Local government: officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals
•Businesses: use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs
•Real estate developers and city planners: use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods