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Posted on: April 6, 2020

Census 2020

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Please note: In an effort to assist in slowing the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the U.S. Census Bureau has extended the self-response deadline until August 14, 2020. ..

National Census Resources

Since 1790, the Census has been used to count every person living in the United States of America and its territories, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. This population count is used to determine representation in the Congress and how federal tax dollars are allocated. When you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

Why the Census is Important

  • Representation: The decennial count of all U.S. residents is required by the U.S. Constitution to determine representation in Congress and the Electoral College (known as reapportionment). This data is also the basis for drawing districts for federal, state, and local offices (known as redistricting).
  • Funding: The Census is key to the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding to states and localities (such as grants to states under the Library Services and Technology Act).
  • Information: Data resulting from the Census is widely used by researchers, governments, businesses, and other organizations (to, for example, plan for library services).

How do I respond to the 2020 Census?

You can respond to the 2020 Census in one of three ways:

  • On the phone: For the first time, 1-800 numbers will be available to give the response over the phone.
  • In writing: A paper form will be mailed to each household.
  • Online: For the first time in history, there will be the option to fill out the Census online at https://my2020census.gov/ 

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