April 1 is Census Day 2020 – No Fooling
Davidson – today is CENSUS DAY! No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke – today is the day to be counted.
The 2020 Census is open for self-response online at 2020Census.gov, over the phone by calling the number based on your preferred language, and by paper through the mail. You can complete the census even if you haven’t received anything in the mail – snail mail.
The 2020Census web site went live on March 12, and a number of Davidson residents have already responded. As of 3 p.m. March 31, the Census web site reported that 39.6 percent of Davidson residents have completed their census. That compares with 33 percent state-wide. In 2010, initial completion rates in the census tracts in Davidson ranged from 76.1 to 89.5 percent.
As you might expect, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Census Bureau has been adapting or delaying some of their operations to protect the health and safety of their staff and the public and make sure we get the same population counted another way.
Specifically, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to:
- Protect the health and safety of Census employees and the American public.
- Implement guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.
- Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.
Based on continuing assessments of guidance from federal, state and local health authorities, the U.S. Census Bureau is suspending 2020 Census field operations at least until April 15, 2020. The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau employees, and everyone who will go through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions. The Census Bureau continues to evaluate all 2020 Census field operations, and will communicate any further updates as soon as possible.
Lastly, to be clear – today is NOT the only day to be counted for the 2020 Census, but it is the target date. April 1 is Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census. When completing the census, you will include everyone living in your home on April 1. Census Day will be celebrated with events across the country.
If you have any more questions, please see the FAQ document we published on March 22.