Enshrined in Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution is the mandate that the nation’s population get counted every 10 years. Since 1790, this undertaking, known as the U.S. Census, has occurred at the start of every decade. Though the process has evolved and been streamlined over more than two centuries, the success and accuracy of every census ultimately rests with participation. While the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted and delayed a great many things this year, the 2020 U.S. Census is still underway, and your engagement is critical and requires very little effort.
Back in March, you should have received a short questionnaire from the U.S. Census Bureau in the mail. If your household has not already mailed back the completed form or submitted your information another way, it only takes a few minutes. Note that you should be prepared to answer the questions about you and your household as of Census Day, or April 1, 2020.
To respond by mail, simply fill out the form and drop it in the mail. If you’re unsure the questionnaire is legitimate or there’s an issue with it, the U.S. Census Bureau has sample copies of mailings sent to households as well as answers to common questions at 2020census. gov/ways-to-respond. If you’d rather respond by phone, just dial (844) 330-2020. And to submit your household’s questionnaire online, simply visit my2020census.gov.
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