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Census day is April 1; self-respond today

By this point, you’ve likely received an invitation in the mail to complete the 2020 census. With the census ID number contained within that invitation, residents can now respond online at my2020census.gov.

Responding online helps conserve natural resources, save taxpayer money and process data more efficiently. Those who do not respond online will receive a paper questionnaire to complete and mail back. Self-response can also be done over the phone.

The census is required by law, and if a household does not self-respond, a Census Bureau interviewer will be sent to the home to collect answers in person. The easiest way to avoid that is to respond as soon as the invitation or paper questionnaire arrives. As of March 22, only 21% of U.S. households have responded.

When responding, remember:

— One person should respond for an entire household.

— Include everyone who lives in the household as of April 1.

— If you’re unsure who to include, visit www.census.gov or call 844-330-2020.

The goal is to count every person, only once, and in the right place.

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