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Posted on: April 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Be Counted; Citizens Encouraged to Participate in 2020 Census

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The 2020 Census fully kicked off and invitations continue to arrive in mailboxes. More than eleven million households have responded, but the U.S. Census Bureau needs all residents to participate to ensure all families and communities are counted.

In support of guidance by the CDC to help slow the spread of coronavirus, 2020 Census will suspend field operations, until further notice. The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau employees, and everyone going through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions.

In late May, census takers around the nation will begin visiting households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census to help complete the count. The U.S. Census Bureau is monitoring the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, and will adjust census taker and survey operations to follow the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities.

The public is strongly encouraged to respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet, and can also respond by phone or mail. Everyone should respond to the 2020 Census as soon as they receive their invitation — and when they’re finished, they can make sure their friends, families and social networks know about the importance of responding.  

It has never been easier to respond to the census, and the 2020 Census will count everyone accurately.

Once again, the U.S. Census Bureau encourage everyone to respond online today With the support of the American people, we will achieve a complete and accurate count that helps guide funding decisions for things like hospitals, roads and emergency services. Respondents can also respond by calling the number provided in their invitation or by mail once they have received a paper form.

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