The census is the count of every person in the United States by the U.S. Census Bureau. Mandated in the Constitution under Article I, Section 2, it has taken place every 10 years since 1790. The census is critical for determining each state’s representation in Congress and the distribution of more than $650 billion in federal funding for vital programs like public education, affordable housing, roads and bridges, and much more.
For Springfield, it is estimated that approximately $1,097 in federal funding per resident, per year, is allocated based on Census data.
It is critical that everyone in Springfield is counted: if we’re not counted, we don’t exist!
How Does the Census Work? By mid-March of 2020, every household in the United States will receive a letter from the Census Bureau with information about how to fill out the census online. During the self-response-only period, the census will be available online and by phone for the first time in history. At the end of the self-response-only phase, the Census Bureau will send paper forms to households that have not responded online.
In approximately mid-May, the Census Bureau will begin to send enumerators, or "door-knockers", to conduct non-response follow-ups for households that have still not completed the census.