The 2020 Census fulfills our nation’s constitutional requirement to count and record all residents of the United States every ten years. This year’s census marks a historic first as the first count to include an entirely digital option in which the form can be completed and submitted online.
The Census Bureau began sending out information regarding Census 2020 last week. The mailer from the Census Bureau includes instructions for completing a census questionnaire online or by phone. Paper forms will be available to select areas in March, but you will receive a paper form by mail if you do not respond online or by phone before the end of April. No additional action is necessary to receive a paper form. In May, agents from the Census Bureau will start visiting citizens who have not responded yet.
Your Library is partnering with the Census Bureau in the coming months to help answer questions, provide people with internet access to complete online forms, and encourage participation in Johnson City. There will be computers available at the Library to complete online forms in April for those without reliable internet access.
Participating in the census is incredibly important to both our nation and our local community. Your participation helps determine states’ representation in Congress and the Electoral College, but it also directly affects our local community. Congress uses the data to determine funding for:
- Assistance programs
- Library Services & Technologies Acts (LSTA)
- Many other federally-funded projects and programs
The data is also used by researchers and other organizations to plan (including by libraries to plan services!).
To learn more about Census 2020, visit 2020census.gov. Stay up to date on census events at the Library throughout 2020 by visiting jcpl.org, calling (423) 434-4450, and following Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram.