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Special to The News-Courier—
Make sure you are counted during the 2020 census. It’s your constitutional duty as an American.
Used to calculate public transportation, hospitals, schools and more, the impact of the census is evident in every community. For every person undercounted, a community could lose $1,800 per person of its tax money.
The U.S. Census Bureau supplied the following information on how you will participate in the Census, and what you’ll be asked.
How and when you will be contacted by the Census? Here’s what you need to know:
► March 12-20: Beginning on March 12, invitations will go out to residents inviting them to fill out their 2020 Census forms online or over the phone. These will come via U.S. Mail. Parts of the country deemed less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with their invitation.
► March 16-24: Follow-up reminder letters will be delivered encouraging people to fill out their 2020 Census forms online or over the phone.
► March 26-April 3: An additional round of reminders will go out to those who have not yet responded.
► April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
► April 8-16: Reminder letters with paper questionnaires will be mailed out to those who have not yet responded.
► April 20-27: Final reminder postcards will be delivered to those who have not yet responded.
► May 13-July 31: Assuming a household does not respond to any of the mailed reminders, a U.S. Census enumerator will follow up in person.
What are the questions?
1) How many people were staying in this house, apartment or mobile home on April 1, 2020?
Here, you’ll count everyone living and sleeping in your home most of the time, including young children, roommates, and friends and family members who are living with you, even temporarily.
2) Were there any additional people staying here April 1, 2020, that you did not include in Question 1?
Mark all that apply: Children, related or unrelated, such as newborn babies, grandchildren, or foster children; relatives, such as adult children, cousins, or in-laws; nonrelatives, such as roommates or live-in babysitters, and people staying here temporarily.
3) Is this house, apartment, or mobile home.
Owned by you or someone in this household with a mortgage or loan? Include home equity loans. Is it owned by you or someone in this household free and clear (without a mortgage or loan)? Rented? Occupied without payment of rent?
4) What is your telephone number?
5) What is Person 1 first name?
If there is someone living here who pays the rent or owns the residence, start by listing him or her as Person 1. If the owner or the person who pays the rent does not live here, start by listing any adult living there as Person 1. There will be opportunities to list the names of additional members of your household.
6) What is Person 1’s gender?
Mark one box: male or female.
7) What is Person 1’s age and what is Person 1’s date of birth?
Note Person 1’s age as of April 1, 2020. For babies less than 1 year old, do not write the age in months. Write 0 as the age.
8) Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
Note: Please answer both Question 8 about Hispanic origin and Question 9 about race. For this census, Hispanic origins are not races.
Hispanic origin can be viewed as the heritage, nationality, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person’s parents or ancestors before arriving in the United States. People who identify as Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish may be any race.
9) What is Person 1’s race?
Mark one or more boxes AND print origins: White; Black or African American; American Indian or Alaska Native; Chinese; Filipino; Asian Indian; Vietnamese; Korean; Japanese; other Asian; Native Hawaiian; Samoan; Chamorro; other Pacific Islander; some other race.
10) Print name of Person 2.
Here, you will list the next person in your household.
11) Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else?
Mark all that apply: no; yes, for college; yes, for a military assignment; yes, for a job or business; yes, in a nursing home; yes, with a parent or other relative; yes, at a seasonal or second residence; yes, in a jail or prison; yes, for another reason.
12) How is this person related to Person 1?
Mark ONE box; opposite-sex husband/wife/spouse; opposite-sex unmarried partner; same-sex husband/wife/spouse; same-sex unmarried partner; biological son or daughter; adopted son or daughter; stepson or stepdaughter; brother or sister; father or mother; grandchild; parent-in-law; son-in-law or daughter-in-law; other relative; roommate or housemate; foster child; other nonrelative.