Orindans Above Average in Completing 2020 US Census


    Orindans are ahead of the 2020 census curve with 79 percent respondents compared to the county and state with 68.7 and 60.2 percent respectively.
    Due to COVID-19, the deadline for self-response is extended to Oct. 31. Mandated by the Constitution, the United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
    How billions of dollars in federal funding flows into states and communities is determined, in part, by census results. It also determines how many seats each state gets in Congress. Apportionment and redistricting count deadlines from the U.S. Census Bureau have been extended to April 30 and July 31, 2021.
    The census questionnaire, which takes about 10 minutes to complete online, asks how many people live or stay at an address on April 1 and their identity, sans a social security number.
    While monitoring COVID-19, the bureau is adapting or delaying some of its operations to protect the health and safety of staff and the public. In coordination with federal, state and local health officials, the U.S. Census Bureau began a phased restart of some 2020 Census field operations in mid-May. As soon as it is safe to do so, additional census offices and field operations will resume activities.
    In 1790, approximately 650 U.S. marshals and assistants traveled by horseback and on foot to collect data in the original 13 states; the districts of Kentucky, Maine and Vermont plus the Southwest Territory which is now Tennessee. Answers were recorded on forms made of parchment and animal skins.
    Fast forward to 2020. Everyone living in the United States and Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands are counted.
    The 2020 census questionnaire may be submitted via the postal service, by telephone and for the first time, the internet. Visit www.2020census.gov for census details and to submit the form online.

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