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Census enumerators take to the field to finish 2020 U.S. count

Nebraska City News-Press

Census takers in Nebraska are working to follow up with households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census.

The current total self-response rate in Nebraska, as of August 10, is 69.00 percent, with 54.70 percent of respondents using the Internet. The Census Bureau will need to visit the remaining addresses to collect responses in person.

Households can still respond now by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received, by responding online at 2020census.gov, or by phone at 844-330-2020. Households can also respond online or by phone in one of 13 languages and find assistance in many more. Those that respond will not need to be visited to obtain their census response.

Protecting Health and Safety

The Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are working together to protect the health and safety of the public and our employees. Participation in 2020 Census interviews should present a low risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Census takers are trained to rigorously and universally follow these CDC recommendations to mitigate the risk of transmission:

Wearing face masks

Maintaining social distance of 6 feet or more

Practicing hand hygiene

Not entering homes, and conducting interviews outside as much as possible or practical

Household members encountered by census staff are encouraged to maintain social distances during interviews and practice the CDC’s other recommendations as much as possible.

What Households Can Expect

Census takers are hired from local communities. All census takers speak English, and many are bilingual. If a census taker does not speak the householder’s language, the household may request a return visit from a census taker who does. Census takers will also have materials on hand to help identify the household’s language.

If no one is home when the census taker visits, the census taker will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail. People are encouraged to cooperate with census takers and ensure that everyone who was living in their household as of April 1, 2020, is counted.

How to Identify Census Takers

Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. To confirm a census taker’s identity, the public may contact the Denver/Dallas Regional Census Center at 972-510-1800 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.

What Is the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution, Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The count is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. 

Mission

We are counting everyone that resides in the US, once, only once and in the right place.

Why We Conduct This Count

Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community.

Responding to the Census

The 2020 Census is happening now. You can complete your questionnaire online at 2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-469-2020 (Spanish), or by mail.

Data Privacy and Confidentiality

The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential. The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. Violating Title 13 is a federal crime, punishable by prison time and/or a fine of up to $250,000.

For the most current information on the Census, you can always visit https://www.census.gov/newsroom.html or https://2020census.gov/en/news-events.html