2020 Census

The 2020 Census will soon start and all homes in all fifty states, the District of Columbia and the five U. S. territories, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, will be receiving information from the Census Bureau. The U. S. Constitution requires that a census be conducted every ten years. The population counting already started on January 21 in the remote Alaskan village of Toksook Bay, which is where the counting officially begins.

The Census Bureau will start sending information on how to answer the census online, by phone or by mail between March 12-20. Then, by about April 1, which is Census Day, every household will receive what is called an “invitation” to participate in the census. Everyone should respond to the census by completing the form sent by the Census Bureau, and now it has been made much easier because it can be answered online, by phone or by mail. Everyone will be counted regardless of where they reside. Then, between May-July, households that do not respond to the census will then be visited by census takers. In December, the Census Bureau will deliver its report to the President and to Congress. It is important that everyone answer the census form because the amount of federal assistance that the State of Texas, the counties, the cities will receive for hospitals, flooding, highway construction, schools, fire departments, and other resources, depends on the data received from the census.

And it is very important because from the population count obtained from the census, it will be determined if some states will lose the number of seats in the House of Representatives or whether some states will gain more seats in the House of Representatives. So, do answer the census form because the benefits gained from the census by the State, city, county and other public entities, trickle down to all of us.

Submitted by Edie Holland, Arlington Heights Vice-President


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