Did you complete your census form? The census is vital to all state and local governments. It determinations funds received for a variety of programs. The Census is used for business and developers to decide where to open new businesses and creates new jobs. Local governments use the data for emergency preparedness, fair representation and local districting. Communities use the data for schools and to establish programs for all residents.
The Village of Bannockburn currently has 60% response rate to the census. Help us get to a 100% participation! Please take 10 minutes today to complete your census online or by mail or telephone. Your voice matters to us all! For more information https://2020census.gov/en/community-impact.html
What is the Census?
The U.S. Constitution mandates that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years. The first census was in 1790. After each decade’s census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts. Completing the census is mandatory: it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I Count!” Read the US Census Bureau’s fact sheet, “Census 101: What You Need to Know.” (link to Census 101 pdf)
Here’s a quick refresher of what it is and why it’s essential that everyone is counted.
The 2020 Census will ask a few simple questions about you and everyone who is or will be living with you on April 1, 2020. You can explore the form on the Census Bureau website here.
What should I expect?
- July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted. Click HERE for more information.
- December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
You may notice census takers in your neighborhood this year. Census takers will visit some homes in starting in July to conduct quality check interviews or deliver paper questionnaires to help collect responses.
If someone visits your home to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo.
The best way to avoid a visit from a census taker is to fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail as soon as you receive your invitation to participate.
More information about census takers can be found on the U.S. Census website.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ME?
Responding to the census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future, and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to:
- Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments.
- Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.
- Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives.
HOW CAN I RESPOND?
In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer. Responding should take less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee.
WHERE CAN I GO TO LEARN MORE?
You can learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting 2020census.gov.
All information is provided by the US Census Bureau.