You still have time to respond to the 2020 Census. April 1 is a reference date, not a deadline to respond. As of mid-April 2020, Topeka has a self-response rate of 54.6 percent, which is above the national average of 51 percent. However, we want 100 percent response rate!
If your household received the paper questionnaire, you can still respond online or by phone, or you can return it by mail in the enclosed envelope. People can respond online at 2020census.gov in English or 12 other languages, or receive assistance through language guides and videos available in 59 languages. When you respond online, use the Census ID from the letter or provide your address.
“Once you have responded, please encourage your family, friends and loved ones to complete the census too,” said Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham in an early April news release.
People should respond for the number of people living at that address as of April 1. Responding now to the 2020 Census will minimize the need for a census taker to follow up and visit your home in person later this year.
Data from the U.S. Census impacts the lives of everyone who lives in the U.S. Here’s a quick refresher from the U.S. Census Bureau of what it is and why it’s essential that everyone is counted. Learn more at 2020census.gov.
It’s about redistricting
It’s about fair representation
Your privacy is protected
It’s against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household. By law, your responses cannot be used against you and can only be used to produce statistics.
It’s about $675 billion
The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
Census data are being used all around you
Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, which create jobs. Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.
2020 will be easier than ever
In 2020 you will be able to respond to the census online.
Success of the census
Counting an increasingly diverse and growing population is a massive undertaking. It requires years of planning and the support of thousands of people. Ultimately, the success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. The Census Bureau depends on cross-sector collaborations with organizations and individuals to get people to participate.
4 Ways to Respond
- Secure Internet.
- Respond by phone.
- Respond by mail.
- In-person interview.
What to expect from the 2020 Census
- April 8-16: A reminder letter and paper questionnaire.
- April 20-27: A reminder postcard.
- Summer 2020: The Census operational timeline is adjusted for the COVID-19 outbreak and the Census will now follow up in person beginning in summer 2020, according to their updated operational plan.
The 2020 Census is important for you and your community, and you can help. Learn more about the 2020 Census.