Census 2020: How and Why

March 26, 2020, by Ariann Nassel, LHC Director of Geospatial Data Visualization


census graphicThe first wave of letters containing Census forms were mailed out to approximately 140 million households two weeks ago and last week those letters were followed up with reminder letters for households that had not already responded. If you’ve been busy and haven’t gone through the pile of mail on your kitchen counter, stop everything, find the letter, and fill out the form either online (https://my2020census.gov/) or over the phone (https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html). If neither of those options works for you, a form will be mailed to you later in the month.

I received my letter on March 12th at 5:52 pm. Including the time it took to open the letter, sit down on the sofa, and log on to the internet, I had completed it by 6pm. That’s, right it only took me 8 minutes.

But, there might be a few other things going on right now that have your attention. You might be wondering, “Why bother with the Census?”