Congratulations Southeast Washington! Walla Walla County had a 22% response rate (first in WA State) and Columbia County had a 19.6% response rate (2nd in WA State). Way to go Walla Walla and Columbia County!
Although the Census Bureau has suspended its field operations for now, there is much going on, most importantly, we can respond in all three ways! Go to http://www.my2020census.gov to respond with or without an ID number provided by the census bureau to your home, call 1-844-330-2020, which will also direct you to other numbers in 11 languages or to request a paper form to be mailed, or complete and return a paper form you already received in the mail.
Beginning today, in support of guidance on what we can all do to help slow the spread of coronavirus, 2020 Census field operations will be suspended for two weeks until April 1, 2020. The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau employees, and everyone going through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions.
In late May, census takers around the nation will begin visiting households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census to help complete the count. As we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, we will adjust census taker and survey operations as necessary in order to follow the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities.
The public is strongly encouraged to respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet, and can also respond by phone or mail. Everyone should respond to the 2020 Census as soon as they receive their invitation — and when they’re finished, they can make sure their friends, families and social networks know about the importance of responding.
It has never been easier to respond to the census, and the 2020 Census will count everyone accurately. We recognize that many people plan to access the 2020 Census through other response modes, such as phone or paper, which is why the 2020 Census has such a nimble design.
Once again, we encourage everyone to respond online today at 2020Census.gov. With the flexibility and support of the American people, we will achieve a complete and accurate count which helps guide funding decisions for things like hospitals, roads and emergency services. Respondents can also respond by calling the number provided in their invitation or by mail once they have received a paper form.
Clarification on Census Questions regarding Race & Ethnicity:
The census had write in boxes for ethnicity, American Indian or Alaskan Native tribal/nation, Asian and pacific Islanders but not blacks or whites unless you skipped all of OMB race groups and wrote something into the ‘some other race’ box. The 2020 census questionnaire allows people of every race category to write in about the heritage so this is more fair in that sense.
Why we ask this question: This allows us to create statistics about race and to analyze other statistics within racial groups. This data helps federal agencies monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as those in the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.
Now that mycensus2020.gov is live and many of us have responded to the census questions, we find it a simple matter. Notification however, has been confusing. We have discovered residents have received paper forms at their homes rather than an online response number. We apologize for what we believe to be a census bureau oversight. You may still respond:
online with your address by going to mycensus2020.gov;
By completing and mailing back the paper form; and
By calling the number on the paper form and responding by phone.
Thank you for responding to census2020 because everyone counts!