This spring, the U.S. Census Bureau will try to complete another direct count of all residents. Conducted only once every 10 years, the census provides crucial insights for local governments, businesses, and nonprofits to make planning and investment decisions across our nation.
Since the census provides the highest quality and most consistent demographic information about the region, CMAP also uses its data. We relied on it to set the priorities in ON TO 2050, our comprehensive plan for the region, and implementing the plan requires the same high quality information.
However, COVID-19 (coronavirus) presents an unprecedented challenge to getting a complete count. The Census Bureau has suspended all field operation at least until April 15, including in-person census takers. Now, more than ever, it is important that residents respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail. You can check your county’s self-response rate on the bureau’s interactive response rate map.
Due to the importance of this information, CMAP asks everyone to fill out the census. We even encourage you to share your story by taking a picture of yourself filling out the census and posting to social media, tagging CMAP on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter and using the hashtag #BeCounted.
Learn more about the importance of the census and how to participate on our website.