The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of scores of local events, from library programs to concerts and theatrical performances, but there’s one event that has not been called off, and you just might be in a really good position to take part.
April 1 is Census Day and anyone living in the United States is being asked to fill out a form for the 2020 Census, which is being conducted this year.
The United States does a census every 10 years, and aside from providing demographic data, the numbers in the census are used to determine representation in Congress and per-capita federal funding.
Each person counted represents $1,400 a year in federal funding, so it’s important that everyone is counted.
By now, you should have received a post card in the mail urging you to complete a census form online at mycensus2020.gov. You may have even received a reminder to do so. The postcard and reminders would have provided you with a 12-digit code to verify your address
This is the first census where forms can be completed online. If you wish, you can also complete a census form by phone by calling 844-330-2020. Those who don’t respond online or by phone will receive a paper census form that can be filled out and mailed back to the U.S. Census.
People have been able to fill out the forms online since March 12, and many people have already taken the time to complete them. According to a U.S. Census response map, as of March 31, the biggest local response had come from Riverside, where the response rate was 47.2 percent.
Brookfield’s response rate since March 12 was running at 44.7 percent, while in. North Riverside the response rate was 40.1 percent.
Statewide, according the U.S. Census map, the response rate was 37.6 percent, which still outperformed the national response rate of 34.7 percent.
In Riverside, local officials leading the census effort have created a video to encourage people, if they haven’t already done so, to fill out the form on Census Day. The 33-second video, shot in the new Early Learners Room of the Riverside Public Library and featuring Riverside kids Emmett and Hana Schiemann can be viewed on the Riverside TV website.
The kids’ dad, Scott, is a Riverside firefighter while their mom, is active with Riverside Juniors.
Riverside Trustee Cristin Evans, who has been the village board’s liaison for census efforts, drafted the script and helped arrange the shoot.
“We really want to thank the Schiemann family for making the effort for the census,” Evans said in an email. “Riverside census participation is vitally important.”