Gage County! It’s Time to Participate in the 2020 U.S. Census
1 May 2020
Gage County residents! We need your help to increase our census participation numbers. In April, Nebraska was in 4th place for state-level participation with a 61.9% response rate. Gage County is still in 15th place in Nebraska with a 62.8% response rate, ahead of the state average. You can help us to raise our participation by taking a moment to complete the census today.
We understand that there has been some confusion caused by COVID-19. However, the Census is still ongoing and important to our community.
The Economic Impact is Significant
The U.S. Census is conducted in the United States every 10 years. The Census aims to count the entire population of the United States. The Census asks American households certain questions such as sex, age, and race of each person in the household. These demographics help determine congressional representation and how much funding each state, county, and community received of the $675 billion per year in federal funding. These funds are spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other essential programs.
Businesses Use the Data Too
The U.S. Census data is also very helpful for businesses and developers. Businesses can use Census data to decide the best place for them to locate their business. This data allows business owners to pinpoint the very best area for their business to be as successful as possible. Developers can use this data to help revitalize areas of the country.
How to Complete the Census During COVID-19
The Census data is usually collected via in-person house calls by people collecting the Census data. However, since the outbreak and spread of the Covid-19 virus, the U.S. Census Bureau has had to stop all door-to-door transactions. The Census Bureau has also halted all in-person activities for their staff. This includes all office work and processing activities. They have increased their call center capacity with employees working from home to gather the Census data.
So, what does this mean for the 2020 U.S. Census? It means that Gage County residents will have to use other means of sharing their household data. People can fill out their Census information online, via phone, or by mail self-responses throughout the collection process.
The collection process was originally scheduled from March 12, 2020, to July 31, 2020. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the U.S. Census Bureau has extended the deadline to October 31, 2020. In-person house calls are postponed until July 1, 2020. The Census data is now rescheduled to be complete and delivered to the President of the United States by April 30, 2021.
Ways to Complete the Census
Most households received an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12-20, 2020. Each household is also given a Census ID that will need to be input when completing the online Census. Households who wish to fill out the Census online should visit my2020Census.gov. Households can also mail in their responses or call 844-330-2020 to complete the Census via phone.