Get Counted and Turn In Your 2020 Census
2020 is a census year, and although the whole questionnaire only takes about 10 minutes, it’ll at least fill some time between episodes of Tiger King. Before you begin, check your mail. The person who owns or rents your home should have received official communication from the U.S. Census Bureau with your census ID, which you can use to complete the questionnaire online at my2020census.gov. The census counts every living person in the country, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, and, under federal law, identifying responses to the census cannot be shared with public or federal agencies, including immigration authorities and law enforcement, until 72 years after that census.
You are required by law to complete the census—if you do not complete the online survey, a paper questionnaire will be mailed to you, and if that doesn’t yield a response, a census worker might arrive at your home to collect your responses. Due to COVID-19, the bureau announced that it is extending the counting period deadline from July 31 to August 14.
Although it can seem like a tedious task, the census is critically important to our community and its resources. Census data is used federally to draw districting lines, allocate Congressional seats and determine funding allocations for health care facilities, schools, roads and other public services. On local levels, the data informs the placement of supermarkets and other businesses and is used to aid first responders in emergency situations.