And no, that's not an April Fools' joke.
Why April 1, you ask? And why only every ten years? Because the census counts every person living in the U.S. only once every 10 years and when you respond to the decennial census, the U. S. Census Bureau wants to know where you live as of April 1, 2020 (and April 1, 2010 for the 2010 Census count, and so on and so forth).
The census impacts every resident in Ohio County. Responding to the census is our civic duty (the U.S. Constitution mandates it!) and affects the allocation of funding for Ohio County’s public resources, how we plan for the future, and how our voice is heard in government. The U. S. census typically asks a few simple questions of people, including how many live or stay in each household, and the gender, age, and race of each person. The questionnaire typically only takes about 10 minutes to complete. In light of the COVID-19, it should be noted that the 2020 Census can be completed via mail, phone, or electronically. All answers are confidential and cannot be shared with any law enforcement or landlords.
Schools? Transportation? Hospitals? Libraries? (We sure hope so!) Funding for these initiatives relies heavily on census data and that data helps inform planning efforts for Wheeling and the greater Ohio Valley region.
You can count on OCPL. We're here to help! For Census 2020 FAQs, lists of important Census 2020 dates, and information on COVID-19 updates from the U. S. Census Bureau, visit our new Census 2020 section on our website at https://www.ohiocountylibrary.org/census.
The following hashtags are Census Bureau approved!
#Census2020 #CountOnLibraries #GetCountedWV #ShapeYourFuture