Posted On: February 14, 2020
Between March 12 and 20, invitations to participate in the 2020 Census will start arriving in households across the country.
The Census Bureau is ready for the nation to respond next month, said Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham. Millions of Americans are applying for 2020 Census jobs, more than 270,000 local and national organizations are engaged, and in less than 30 days the majority of American households will receive an invitation to respond to help ensure that every person in the United States is counted.
Response is important because statistics from the census are used in distributing hundreds of billions of dollars in funding for school lunches, hospitals, roads and much more. The invitations will remind respondents to include everyone living in the household, whether they are related or not. This includes young children. Your response will impact communities for the next decade.
The Census Bureau has tested its data collection systems, has built backup systems to support resilient operations, and is ready to receive responses from all around the country, added Dillingham.
The invitation will include instructions on how to respond to the 2020 Census online or by phone. By April 1, most households will have received an invitation delivered either by mail or by a census taker. In areas that are less likely to respond online, a paper questionnaire will be included in the initial mailing to households. Reminder mailings will be sent to households that do not respond, and in the fourth mailing every household that has not yet responded will receive a paper questionnaire.
The timeline follows:
Learn about Volusia County’s census awareness campaign at www.volusia.org/census.