Residents are urged to complete their Census questionnaire. If you weren’t contacted by mail or phone, you can still complete the census by going to the website https://2020census.gov. Just click respond on the opening page. It will prompt you for an ID, but you can continue without it. Completing the questionnaire is very simple and takes less than five minutes. You have the option of completing the questionnaire by phone, to begin, call 844-330-2020.
The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more. The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.
The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.
Think of your local schools: Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education.
The list goes on, including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults.
Again, we urge you to complete the census. Responses for the County were well below the response rate for the entire State and the Town’s responses were even less. We want to make sure we are counted!