April 1st was Census Day – but the Census is still ongoing. People who have not responded can still do so by internet, phone and by mail. Visit 2020census.gov to respond online and for more information.
The decennial census form asks questions about all the people who live and sleep in a household most of the time—including babies and anyone who has no other permanent place to stay and is staying in the household—as of April 1, 2020. The census form should take about 10 minutes to complete, depending on the number of people in the household.
Census data are used to make decisions about how and where to spend more than $1.5 trillion each year for programs and services that communities rely on.1 Census data also drive federal funding allocations for libraries, including grants to states under the Library Services and Technology Act. The census population count is used to determine representation in Congress (known as reapportionment) and the Electoral College.
Communities also use census data for planning purposes. For example, local school districts may not be able to plan effectively for changing needs if large numbers of young children are not counted, as has been the case in previous censuses. Census data help local leaders make planning decisions about where libraries should be located, whether they should expand, and what kinds of services should be offered based on the characteristics of the community.
Did you know that completing the 2020 Census helps the Rogers Public Library?
Libraries are more than books. They offer safe spaces. They offer technology. They offer services in any type of literacy: financial literacy, health literacy, digital literacy. We’re just going to meet you where you are. The 2020 Census is important because it’s a way to understand who we are. It has so much information about our area, our city, and our state. We want to make sure that libraries are available for everyone and we can with your help!
Visit 2020census.gov to respond online and for more information.