Take the 2020 U.S. Census & Help Our Community Receive Federal Funding
11 May 2020
GFDC is asking all leaders, business owners and residents to help make sure that every person in Fremont and the county is accounted for during the 2020 U.S. Census. The data obtained during the Census will impact the amount of federal funding we receive over the next decade. Billions of dollars are allocated annually based on this information, so share this article on social media and reach out to everyone you know to participate.
The census impacts $675 billion of federal funding
The Census aims to count the entire population of the United States and it is only conducted once every ten years. 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.
Census Data Has an Impact on Business Attraction & Investment
We are actively working to recruit new businesses to our region. During conversations with site selectors and business executives, demographic data is regularly brought up as a way to evaluate workforce capacity and the potential for a customer base. This data is gathered from the U.S. Census. Businesses can use Census data to decide the best place for them to locate their business. This data allows business owners and developers to pinpoint the very best area for their business to be as successful as possible. As such, it is critical that everyone participates. Otherwise, the numbers won’t be accurate and the data will not reflect the true opportunities available here.
The Census is Still Happening During COVID-19
There has been some confusion regarding the Census because data is usually collected via in-person house calls. 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 residents of Fremont and the county 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 Timeframe Has Been Extended
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 dealing 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.
How 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.