By now you probably have been bombarded by ads urging you to participate in the 2020 Census. Millions are expected to do just that
– fill out forms, phone into call centers or tap keyboards to answer questions online.
But millions will never respond. Census workers, community groups and local officials are ramping up efforts to get people living in the United States to participate in the decennial count.
"Every person in America deserves to be counted,'' said Census Director Steven Dillingham.
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What is the census?
The Census is a national count of people living in the country. It’s done every 10 years. The government spends millions to gather the information, including promoting the survey and hiring thousands to knock on doors to try to complete the count.
The count is required under the Constitution and people are required under federal law to respond.The information is confidential.
When did the 2020 census begin and end?
The 2020 count started Jan. 21 in a remote community in Alaska. By mid-March "invitations" should be sent to every household and by April 1, Census Day, forms should be entered according to where you live as of April 1.
Here are some key dates:
Jan. 21 – The first person is counted in remote Alaska
March 12 – People will start receiving Census information about how to respond and will be "invited' to participate either online or by paper questionnaire.