By Josh Green, Media Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau
Festively decorated cars and bikes will roll through Concord August 6 to raise awareness about the safety and importance of the 2020 Census in those neighborhoods that still have many households that have not responded. The neighborhoods were selected because they have a high proportion of “hard-to-count” communities, which are populations that are historically undercounted in the census.
During the shelter-in-place months that everyone has endured, the caravans have been a fun, effective and socially distant way to remind people that they can still respond to the Census until September 30 using one of three methods: online at my2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020, or using a paper questionnaire received in the mail.
In a week the biggest Census operation – called “Non-response Follow-up” (NRFU) – gets underway August 11. That’s when 500,000 census takers across the country fan out in thousands of neighborhoods to make sure every person gets counted. Households that self-respond do not get a visit from a census taker.
During the weeks leading up to NRFU the Census will focus on getting the self-response rate as high as possible in every part of the Bay Area.
The Census is reminding everyone that:
- It is not too late for families to get counted online, by phone, or by mail. Anyone can go to my2020census.gov to self-respond.
- Every person counts, no matter what their documentation status, nationality or location.
- Participating local city officials and nonprofit partners want to see their cities and counties get a complete and accurate account.
- Everyone should come out on their doorsteps with a mask to wave hello and support the 2020 Census!