How to take the 2020 Census during COVID-19

Monday, May 04, 2020

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The 2020 U.S. Census is a vitally important process, helping determine the amount of federal funding our communities receive over the next decade.

To make sure our community gets its fair share of critical funding, EDASC is asking all Skagit County residents to take the Census today.

Skagit County residents can fill out their Census information online, via phone, or mail self-responses. The deadline to complete the Census is Oct. 31. To complete the Census online, visit my2020Census.gov. To complete it over the phone, call 844-330-2020.

Most households received an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12-20, 2020. Each household is also given a Census ID that will need to be input when completing the online Census. If you cannot find the ID, you can still complete the online form by clicking a box that states you do not have a Census ID.

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.

The U.S. Census is conducted in the United States every 10 years. The Census aims to count the entire population of the United States. It 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 receives. These funds are spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other essential programs.

Businesses also use Census data to decide the best place for them to locate, enabling business owners and developers to pinpoint the best area for an expansion. As such, it is critical that everyone in our state participates.

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