4 P.M. INTERVIEW: 2020 Census
Local municipalities are getting the word out about the 2020 Census.
You will receive an invitation by mail around March 12, and can reply in one of 3 ways
• By mail
• By telephone
The questionnaire contains 9 questions and is similar to the short form from the previous Census.
The information is used:
For redistricting and fair representation (from local level to the State Congressional Districts)
Allocation of Federal and State funds and programs
Public planning for roads, parks, schools, housing programs, etc.
Private section planning and market decisions
The Census Bureau stresses that the information is confidential and individual responses are not shared with anyone.
In fact, the Census Bureau employees are subject to penalties.
The data that is made available is only aggregated data.
Discuss general timetable:
March – April; self-response phase
May – July; Census enumerators
Information submitted to White House; January 1st
Redistricting – starting in May of 2021
Remainder of statistics – late 2021
Historically the Midwest has had very high census response rates and ten years ago, the State of Wisconsin ranked number one in the nation in response rates and Eau Claire was one of the top communities in the State.
Census jobs are still available.
Local Census Bureau Office 715-471-6000