FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/12/2020
Mayor Hudson encourages residents to complete the 2020 Census
Wellston, OH – Mayor Hudson is calling on all residents of Wellston and outlying areas to complete their 2020 Census questionnaire. The data that is collected will be used by government, businesses, and hospitals for the next decade to make decisions that will impact the region.
“It is imperative that every single person is counted, $1.5 trillion dollars in Federal Dollars are distributed based upon the Census,” said Mayor Hudson “That money goes to fund our schools, roads and supplements several other local projects.”
An invitation to participate in the Census will begin arriving in mailboxes in mid-March. The household can complete the Census online, over the phone, or by mail. The person completing the Census should count all people living in their household, including all children.
A complete and accurate Census count ensures that states and localities get their fair distribution of more than $1.5 trillion in federal funds. This includes money for addiction treatment, Medicaid, SNAP, schools, and roads.
Additionally, businesses and hospital systems use the information gathered to make decisions on where to place new locations and hire new employees.
The questionnaire should take less than 10 minutes to complete. The Census Bureau is bound to keeping your information confidential and cannot release any identifiable information about you, even to law enforcement agencies.
Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here’s a look at some of the key dates along the way:
2020• January 21: The U.S. Census Bureau started counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially began in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.• March 12 – 20: Household will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.• March 30 – April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.• April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.• April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers will also begin following up with households that have not yet responded in areas that include off-campus housing, where residents are not counted in groups.• May – July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.