Census season is among us. Many Ohioans are currently receiving literature in the mail regarding the national survey.
Here are five things you should know about the 2020 Census.
1. The Census Bureau includes every person living in the United States, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Residents are counted at the address where they usually live and sleep. The Bureau has a detailed breakdown of how the 2020 census will count deployed troops, college students, incarcerated people, those displaced by natural disasters and other groups in unique living situations on its website.
2. This is the first year the Census will include an online option. Residents may have already received invitations to take the Census online through the mail. It comes with a unique code that allows you to access the questionnaire. Census takers can also opt to submit a written questionnaire or to take the Census over the phone.
3. Population totals gathered through the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ohio currently has 16 seats. The U.S. Census Bureau must submit state population totals to the President by Dec. 31, 2020.
4. Census data also helps officials forecast future transportation needs, determine areas that are eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans, and locating areas in need of facilities for children, the elderly and those who are developmentally disabled.
5. Individuals will never, ever be contacted on the phone to gather responses for the survey, and the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request participation in the 2020 Census.