The 2020 Census is upon us, and Alexander County Government encourages each household to complete the census as these numbers will affect federal funding and legislative representation for the county and state.
The 2020 Census is a massive undertaking. It requires counting a diverse and growing population in the United States and the five U.S. territories. To do this, the U.S. Census Bureau must:
• Make an accurate list of every residence in the U.S. and five U.S. territories-including houses, apartments, dormitories, military barracks, and more.
• Get a member of every residence to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail in March and April of 2020.
• Follow up in person with homes that have not responded.
There are three ways that the Census Bureau will initially collect responses from people for the 2020 Census: online, by phone, and by mail.
In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. By April 1, all households will have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home.
Starting in May, the Census Bureau will begin following up in person with homes that have not responded to the census.
Counting Everyone in the Right Place
To ensure a complete and accurate count, the Census Bureau counts people at their usual residence, which is the place where they live and sleep most of the time, with a few exceptions (to learn more about these exceptions, go to the Census Bureau 2020 website). People who do not have a usual residence should be counted where they are on Census Day (April 1, 2020).
The Census Bureau has special processes in place to ensure that everyone in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories is counted. There are three ways that the Census Bureau will initially collect responses from people for the 2020 Census: online, by phone, and by mail.
Census 2020 Timeline
Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here is a look at some of the key dates along the way:
• March 12-20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
• March 30 to April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
• April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. When you respond to the census, you will tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
• April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
• May through July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that have not responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
• December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
• March 31, 2021: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.
For additional information concerning the 2020 Census, please visit the US Census Bureau’s Census 2020 Website www.2020census.gov.