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Posted on: March 5, 2020

Watch the 2020 Census Response Rate

Census 2020 required by law

By now your 2020 Census invite has arrived. Complete your form online and watch how Plano’s self-response rises on the interactive map. https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html

In accordance with The Constitution, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin the arduous process of recording everyone living in this country. Yes, this means you! Census 2020 counts all persons residing at your address as of April 1 – no matter the age, gender, ethnicity or relationship.

The success of this nationwide count depends solely on all of our cooperation. Please don’t ignore the questionnaires that should be delivered around the middle of March.

According to Plano Lead Planner Steve Sims, there are some groups that historically go undercounted during a Census. “For our City, its young children (under the age of 5), seniors, low- to moderate-income people, immigrants and young adults – even some Legacy area residents – who are reluctant to complete the form.” There are no questions about immigration on the form.

The entire questionnaire must be completed. If you skip any part of the form, it is considered “incomplete” and means a Census taker will come to your home to collect the missing information in May.Census taker 2020

FAKE vs. REAL Census Counters

  • If the form was filled out correctly, but a Census person is at your door, he/she is a FAKE.
  • REAL counters will have a badge, laptop bag and computer with Census Bureau emblems.
  • If you’re asked for money, social security numbers or credit card number, the person is a FAKE.
  • REAL Census workers will only ask about the data missing from your form.

Things to Know

  • You have from mid-March to April 30 to complete and return the survey. The Census Bureau will mail six reminder letters during this period.
  • The sixth letter lets you know a Census taker is coming, if your form isn’t returned by the deadline. All home visits will occur between May and the end of July.
  • Visit a Plano Public Library if you need a computer to complete your form. Be sure to bring your letter with the code number.

A share of over $6.5 billion of federal funds is up for grabs. The more accurate Plano’s Census count, the more of those funds come to help the City and school districts pay for services and more. Money is allocated for programs like CHIPS, reduced lunches, road projects and transportation. In addition, Census figures are used to determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives.

Click here to see a sample of the Census 2020 questionnaire – in English and Spanish.

Listen to Steve’s interview on Inside Plano and watch other short videos that explain the Census Bureau’s easy process.

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