With National Census Day today, City Manager Blaine Cox would like to share the three ways residents can fill out the 2020 Census.
“The Census can be done online, making it easy and accessible for many residents, especially during this unique time when many of us are staying home in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” City Manager Cox said. “Already, we’ve had a great response from the city and are hoping to keep that momentum going. Filling out the information takes only a matter of minutes and the results can have a significant impact on both our community and beyond.”
Starting last month, residents nationwide began to receive invitations to complete the census. Data will be collected until August.
The census impacts how much federal and state funding is given to communities for various projects in categories like education, transportation and public health. In Fiscal Year 2016, for example, New Hampshire benefited from over $3.7 billion in federal spending based on data derived from the 2010 census.
The census also impacts the state’s representation in Congress and the Electoral College, as well as residents’ representation in state and local government. The data are also used in the creation of legislative district boundaries.
To date, just over 40% of Rochester residents have responded. To view the response rate in Rochester and throughout the rest of the United States, click here.
For more information about the 2020 census, visit 2020census.gov.