|March 18, 2020
2020 Census Operational Updates March 18, 2020
2020 Census field operations will be suspended for two weeks until April 1, 2020. The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau employees, and everyone going through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions.
The public is encouraged to respond to the 2020 Census online at www.my2020census.gov, over the phone or by paper form, if they receive one.
About the 2020 Census
The census is a count of every person who lives in the US and its territories, and it happens every 10 years. In 2020 every household in America will receive a notice to complete the census to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1, 2020.
Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be delivered between March 12-20. Once you receive the invitation, you can respond online, by phone or by mail.
Health care providers have a unique opportunity to remind their patients about the importance of the census. All responses will inform where funding is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, roads and more. In 2016 $4.1 billion of federal funding was allocated to Maine based on census data. Each person not counted is a loss of $15,000-$20,000 of federal funds lost to Maine over the course of 10 years. Children under the age of 5 are the group most commonly undercounted.
Responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, protected by federal law, and answers can only be used to produce statistics. For more information, visit 2020CENSUS.GOV.
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