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Posted on: January 2, 2020

The 2020 Census Is Approaching

picture of the 2020 Census paper ballot over an image of the American flag

Happy 2020! It's a new year and also the 10 year mark when the United States conducts a Census. The actual Census date will be on April 1, 2020, which means your main address and details will be assessed based on that date. This year, residents have the option of completing their data online, along with phone responses and the traditional paper option.

When it's time to respond, most households will receive an invitation in the mail typically between March 12 thru March 20, 2020, which will include a paper questionnaire and an invitation to also respond online. A reminder letter will be sent a week later, and for the next several weeks following if there is still no response. A final reminder postcard will be sent between April 20 thru April 27, 2020 before a follow-up will be scheduled in person. 

As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The U.S. Census Bureau counts ever resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution and takes place every 10 years. Not only does the census help count individuals, but also gets important details about where they live so there can be accurate population numbers for counties, states and municipalities. These numbers are also used to draw school and voting districts, along with determining your representation in Congress and how funds are spent in the community on things like roads, schools and hospitals. 

The 2020 Census will use a new design this year that incorporates online and phone response options in addition to the traditional paper option. The online response option allows people to respond on their desktop computers, laptops, smartphones or tablets. 

Also, the U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring temporary positions for the 2020 Census in Lakeway. All 2020 Census jobs are temporary. The largest number of positions available are for census takers. By working for the U.S. Census Bureau, you can help them reach their goal for the 2020 Census to ensure everyone is counted. Census counts have a big impact on the community. The 2020 Census data will be used to determine how more than $675 billion from more than 100 government programs are distributed to states and municipalities. The data influence choices made about which roads are fixed, where schools are built and businesses opened, what medical services are offered and more. If you're interested, please visit the U.S. Census Bureau job site at   

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