Census arriving this week

Bulletin photo by Floyd Whiting

Johnson County residents will receive in the mail an invitation to complete the 2020 Census. For the first time, residents may complete the census online, over the phone or on paper. Households that do not complete the census by May will be contacted in person by census volunteers.

By the end of the week, Johnson County residents should have received in their mailboxes an invitation to complete the 2020 U.S. Census. These official Census Bureau mailings will include detailed information and a Census ID for completing the census online. For the first time, residents can choose to complete the census online, by phone or by mail.

It’s a good idea to complete the 2020 Census and return it as soon as possible, Buffalo Mayor Shane Schrader said. The census is more than just information gathering, federal spending dollars and the number of congressional seats allowed per district are dictated by the results, and it’s the law, Schrader said.

Taken every 10 years, the census count determines how much federal money may be required by each state every year and how congressional districts are formed.

According to Schrader, approximately $1,500 in federal funding per person per year is at risk should just one resident be missed during the count.

The census asks questions of people in homes and group living situations, including how many people live or stay in each home, and the sex, age and race of each person. The goal is to count everyone only once and in the right place – that includes babies that will be born on April 1, Schrader said.

To ensure that a proper count is conducted, Complete Count Committees are being formed in each community.

The committees are comprised of volunteers in the communities they serve, Schrader said. Volunteers will undergo a two-hour training class conducted by Census Bureau staff from Casper. Beginning in May, volunteers will go to the doors of homes that have not already completed the census.

To volunteer for the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee, contact the mayor’s office in Buffalo City Hall at 684-5566.

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