“The 2020 Census is a count of every person living in the U.S. But it’s more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of Bartlesville for years to come.”
Coronavirus: How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census is still going on, although the U.S. Census Bureau suspended field operations until at least April 1 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. You can respond online (2020census.gov) using a computer, phone or tablet. You can also respond via phone (844.330.2020) or mail, using the 2020 Census forms, which were mailed to households between March 12-20.
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes a mammoth task: counting all the people in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future and our voice in government.
Census Fast Facts
• As mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, our country gets one chance each decade to count its population. The U.S. Census Bureau counts everyone living in the United States. Where there are more people, there are more needs and if people aren’t counted it will impact the flow of funding into communities for critical programs and services.
• Census data determines representation in Congress and determines how funds are spent in communities on things like roads, schools and hospitals.
• The 2020 Census will use a new design that incorporates online and phone response options in addition to the traditional paper option. The online response option allows people to respond on their desktop computers, laptops, smartphones or tablets.
Here’s how the census helps you and your community:
▪ Communities use the information to plan bus routes, draw school district boundaries and offer community services.
▪ Businesses use census data to decide where to put a store, office or plant. These new locations create jobs and support the community’s economy.
▪ Businesses use the information to determine what to sell in their stores so communities get what they need.
▪ The information helps your community receive funding from the federal government.