It’s a new decade, which means it is time for the decennial U.S. Census. The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more.
Currently, Maine is lagging behind nearly every other state in responding to the Census. Our state receives roughly $4 billion in federal funding for important services, based on data collected by the Census. If there is an undercount, that funding could be at risk.
In the midst of a public health crisis, it’s more important than ever that every American responds, as the Census shapes many different aspects of our communities.
What is the Census?
The census is constitutionally mandated. It's conducted by the US Census Bureau and asks questions about your household and demographics. The results of the count will have a major impact on jurisdiction and resource allocation in Maine and across the country.
Why is the Census important?
Getting comprehensive, accurate information about people will create a more complete representation of the population. This will help the government determine how to allocate resources in Maine, like funding for roads, education, healthcare and more.
Census results also have major implications politically, as they help determine the number of seats each state will get in the House of Representatives. They're also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
How can I respond to the Census safely?
With people staying home to slow the spread of COVID-19, filling out a form feels far from a priority. And, unlike in previous years, the pandemic means that in-person census takers may not be able to safely go door-to-door.
Good news: this is the first year that the Census is available online! Go to the Census 2020 website and fill out the questionnaire. It shouldn't take longer than 10 minutes.
Once you're done, you'll get a confirmation number that you should save or print just in case you need it for future reference. You can also fill out the census by calling (844) 330-2020.
Taking the census is a quick, easy task that will help your community thrive for the next decade. Fill out your response today!