Census 2020: Make Sure You Count

Census 2020

As individuals receive their Census 2020 packet, it is vital they participate.

According to the United States Census 2020 website, everyone living in the 50 states, District of Columbia and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census.

The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail.

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products and community support. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

It is also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.

Participating in the census is required by law, even if persons recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau.

Old Mill/Crossroads Elementary School Family Resource Center Coordinator Leigh Lowery emphasized the importance of census participation, saying in 2010, the youngest children were undercounted on the last survey in Bullitt County.

“As you can see, it is very important that every child and every adult be counted so that we get the services we need and the voice in Congress that we deserve,” she said.

National Census Day of April 1, 2020 falls in the middle of Census week March 29-April 4, 2020. This is also spring break for Bullitt County Public Schools.

Parents of blended families should note that the home a child sleeps in on April 1st is the location they are counted.

District Supervisor of Social Services Erin McGohon said parents of children who share custody with the other parent/guardian, are encouraged to ‘count’ their kids even if they are not in their home on April 1st

“The data will get cleaned up and duplicates will be merged,” she said. “This ensures that all kids are counted at least once.”

The public is being made aware of the census through extensive promotion such as posters in the health department, banks, post office, doctor’s offices, etc., lanyards, lip balm and ink pens.

City mayors in Bullitt County are reminding visitors at Lenten fish fry’s, Easter egg hunts, Farmer’s Markets and Dare to Care.

Census takers are needed. These individuals must be at least 18 year-old and, after proper training, can earn up to $15.50 per hour in Bullitt County. This pay rate is for a census taker position. Census takers also receive reimbursement for work-related mileage and expenses, where applicable. For additional information, please access this website: https://2020census.gov/en

KY Youth Advocates is sponsoring another $500 prize for the winner of the Statistics in School day. Teachers may be eligible for this prize by participating with their classroom. Here the website for additional information: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/2020census/2020-resources.html

The online census will go live on March 13th and be open through July 31st. Tracking the census responses by state is available at https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html

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