Please assist your city by participating in and completing your 2020 Census. Our count of the U.S. population happens every 10 years. This year’s Census will generate population numbers that will be used for the next 10 years to determine political representation, as well as the awarding of over $775 Billion dollars in federal funding in a myriad of uses from infrastructure to financial support for disaster operations like the current crop of programs supporting members of our community affected by COVID-19.
Financially in Destin, our local gas and sales tax is distributed to our community based on our permanent population, so getting the count right is important. If for any reason we have an undercount, it will affect us for the next 10 years.
The original schedule for the Census Count was to end at about the end of April. Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, President Trump extended the count until the end of the year. This gives us more time to accurately respond. The extra time will help us, but in the end, it is up to each one of us to respond. While we are at home still living through our current existence in the social distancing realm, this is a perfect opportunity to get the Census completed prior to everyone getting busy reopening their local businesses and returning to some semblance of normalcy.
There are multiple methods to complete the 2020 Census. The primary means of completion this year is on-line at www.2020census.gov
. You can compete the Census by taking the electronic survey. The survey should take 5-7 minutes to complete. Additional time may be required for larger families. The Census can also be completed by phone at 1-844-330-2020. The Census website provides specific instructions based on your language requirements. The remaining two options are to complete a written survey or if the Census Bureau suspects enough undercount, actual on-the-ground counters may conduct door to door canvassing like we did in 2010.
Mailed surveys will be sent out sometime this summer or fall once all electronic and phone response percentages have been determined. Those addresses that did not respond on-line or by phone will be more likely to receive a written survey to complete. Bottomline, we have multiple options for completing the Census. Please avail yourself of one of them and ensure that you help shape our future.