Census deadline approaching, communities need resident input

GENESEE COUNTY — More than 88 percent of households have been accounted for in the 2020 Census, with 22.7 percent counted by census takers and other field data collection operations, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Another 65.5 percent of housing units have responded online, by phone or by mail. Every day, the U.S. Census Bureau releases the 2020 Census housing unit completion rate for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

In addition, the Census Bureau releases the completion rates for the Nonresponse Follow-up operation by area census office.

The Census Bureau is committed to a complete and accurate count and urges every household to respond when a census visits or to respond on their own by using their census ID online, by phone or by mail.

As part of its Nonresponse Follow-up Operation (NRFU), the U.S. Census Bureau is visiting every household that has not already responded to the 2020 Census to ensure a complete and accurate count.

Census takers are scheduled to visit the nonresponding household between now and Sept. 30, to ask a few questions and will enter the answers on their secure Census Bureau smart phone. If a family member is not home when the census taker visits, they will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online or by phone. As necessary, they will make additional visits to collect responses from the household.

Census takers will follow social distancing protocols and all applicable state and local requirements regarding health and safety.

Until Sept. 30, households can continue to respond online or by phone.

The NRFU operation was originally scheduled for May 13 through July 31 but has been adjusted considering the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally it had been extended to Oct. 31, but President Trump’s administration has moved that date back to Sept. 31.

Visit 2020census.gov to respond now and for more details.