Beginning later this month, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin sending invitations to all households to participate in the 2020 United States Census. The census is used to determine congressional representation and federal funding. Once your household receives its invitation, you will be able to respond online, by phone or by mail.
The 2020 Census is mandated by the Constitution and counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The census has been conducted every 10 years since 1790 to count the country’s population.
Completion of the Census is important because it will help lawmakers, business owners and many others make critical decisions like where communities need new schools, new health care facilities, new roads and services for families, older adults and children. This information is critical in ensuring Hanover County receives the resources we need for the next decade.
“Specifically for Hanover County, Census 2020 data is used to draw Federal and State legislative districts and County Board of Supervisor districts,” said Kevin Nelson, Director of Information Technology for Hanover County. “In addition the data is used in the allocation of Federal funds that help support Schools, Transportation, and Public Safety. Census data is also used as a resource for the County’s Comprehensive Plan.”
Once you receive your invitation, you should list everyone living in your household as of April 1, 2020. All results are kept confidential.
Beginning in May-June, U.S. Census takers will be visiting any homes who have not yet completed their census to be sure everyone is counted.
For more information about the 2020 US Census you can visit, https://2020census.gov/en.html.