Census 2020

To complete the questionnaire by phone call 844-330-2020; to complete the census online, visit  www.2020census.gov

Census results shape the future of communities, as census data informs how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, school lunch programs, disaster recovery initiatives, and other critical programs and services for the next 10 years.

As of July 5, 51.9% of Jerauld County residents had responded to the 2020 census. The South Dakota response is at 63.2%.

Everyone living in the United States and its five territories is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census. Getting a complete and accurate census count is critically important. That's why response is required by law. The results are used to determine how much funding local communities receive for key public services and how many seats each state gets in Congress. State and local officials also use census counts to draw boundaries for congressional, state legislative, and school districts.

And while residents are required by law to participate, the Census Bureau is also required by law to protect respondents answers. Responses are used only to produce statistics. The Census Bureau does not disclose any personal information.

Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here's a look at some of the key 2020 Census dates:

• March 12 - March 20: Households received official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.

• April 1: This is Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census—not a deadline. We use this day to determine who is counted and where in the 2020 Census. When you respond, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone who usually lives and sleeps in your home. You can respond before or after that date. We encourage you to respond as soon as you can.

• Starting mid-April: The Census Bureau mailed paper questionnaires to homes that had not yet responded online or by phone.

• July 1 - September 3: Census takers will work with administrators at colleges, senior centers, prisons, and other facilities that house large groups of people to make sure everyone is counted.

• August 11 – October 31: Census takers will interview homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

• December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

Most households received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in March. These official Census Bureau mailings included detailed information and a Census ID for completing the census online.

In mid-April, the Census Bureau began mailing paper questionnaires to homes that have not yet responded online or by phone.

To complete the questionnaire by phone call 844-330-2020; to complete the census online, visit  2020census.gov