Today kicks off the United States Census Bureau’s effort to count every single person living in the United States and five U.S. territories, and now it is easier than ever to be counted.
For the first time since the United States started counting every living person in 1790, participants can fill out a Census questionnaire online, by phone or mail. Most households in Teton County have received an invitation to respond to the Census, and a questionnaire will be sent shortly. However, due to the new online and phone options, households do not need wait for the questionnaire to arrive in order to complete the Census.
“The 2020 census questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete,” said Teton County 2020 Census Committee Chair Kristen Waters. “It’s quick and easy, but the results will have lasting, beneficial impacts on our community.”
The results of the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and political representation on all levels of government. It also helps direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, housing, and public service.
Responding to the Census is required by the Constitution and the Census Bureau is required by law to keep answers confidential so that answers cannot be used against someone by any agency or court. Anyone who has lived in Teton County for six months and one day should complete the 2020 Census.
“Every person counts, including long-term visitors, young children, newborns, undocumented immigrants and seasonal works, as long as that person has lived here for six months and a day, they count.”
Households have until August 14, 2020 to complete the Census.
To find out everything you need to know about the 2020 Census, go to the Teton County webpage at https://www.tetoncountywy.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=971 or go to the U.S. Census Bureau site at 2020census.gov.