Today, April 1, 2020, is Census Day the day when everyone in the U.S. gets counted. The requirement for a regular count of the U.S. population is codified in Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution.
Census Day, which comes once every 10 years, is the day the U.S. government counts all current residents. The decennial census, the full count that occurs every 10 years, is important as it is used to allot the number of representatives each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. The count is also used to allocate the distribution of federal funding programs such as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Supplemental Nutrition, and Head Start among others.
This year is the first year the Census questionnaire can be completed online or by phone in addition to the traditional paper method. Every household should have received a mailer with their personal Census ID. Helpful information on how to respond as well as a sample questionnaire can be found at 2020census.gov.
To help in celebrating Census Day 2020, here is a song, “Everyone Counts”:https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/2020census/2020-resources/pre-k/everyone-counts-song.html. However, the best way to celebrate is by completing your Census questionnaire to help achieve a 100% response rate and be counted for our local communities.