Today is the official Census Day in the US. You may have received your census form a few weeks ago but the information submitted is supposed to be accurate as of April 1, 2020. If you have not already filled out your census form and submitted it (online or on paper) , you should do so today. This is also the first time the census can be completed online.
Reminder: Submitting the census form information is not optional! Participation in the census is required by law. In fact, it is a requirement of the U.S. Constitution, a requirement written in 1787 and still in effect today. However, there are numerous other, non-legal, reasons to comply with the law.
Census numbers determine how many representatives each state gets in Congress and how billions of dollars in federal funding get spent. Schools, roads and other crucial community components will gain — or lose — money over the next 10 years depending on this official population tally. In short, if the area where you live needs money to educate students, build highways, build hospitals, and more, your information helps justify the need for funding of these projects in your area.
If you don’t complete the forms, expect a visit from a census taker later in the year who may interview you to make sure everyone is counted.