Midland: Here’s How to Take the 2020 U.S. Census During COVID-19
12 May 2020
There has been some confusion regarding the U.S. Census, given COVID-19. While the pandemic has changed how the Census is being conducted, it is still happening online and via the phone. We encourage Midland residents to participate as soon as possible.
Ways to Take the Census Now
The Census data is usually collected via in-person house calls by people collecting the Census data. The Census Bureau has also halted all in-person activities for their staff but they have increased their call center capacity. Employees are working from home to gather the Census data.
Midland residents can fill out their Census information online, via phone, or mail self-responses throughout the collection process. Households were sent an invitation via the mail in March. The invitation contains a Census ID that you will enter online. However, if you cannot find your ID, you can still complete the Census.
To complete the Census online, visit my2020Census.gov
To complete it over the phone, call 844-330-2020
Those who don’t speak English can still complete the online questionnaire. It is available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.
Your Participation in the Census is Important for Our Community
The U.S. Census is only conducted every 10 years. The Census aims to count the entire population of the United States. 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 is Also Used by Businesses
We are actively working to recruit new businesses to our city. 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 in our state participates. Otherwise, the numbers won’t be accurate and the data will not reflect the true opportunities available here.
The collection process for the 2020 U.S. Census was originally scheduled from March 12, 2020, to July 31, 2020, which included in-person data collection through door to door visits. Due to the Covid-19 crisis door to door visits are being postponed until July. As a result, the U.S. Census Bureau has extended the deadline to October 31, 2020. Still, we encourage everyone to take the Census as soon as possible to help increase our participation numbers.