April 1st is Census Day, so if you haven’t responded with your information yet then now would be a good time to do so. New this year is the option to submit online and the process only takes about 5-10 minutes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the precautions we are being told to take in order to prevent its spread, this should be very helpful to many Americans. Additionally, with all that is going on it is now even more important than ever to respond.

The Census Bureau is adapting or delaying some of their operations in order to protect their employees and the American public. The census is really in uncharted territory now and no one is sure exactly how everything will pan out. But according to the 2020 Census website, “Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up.” By responding now, you will help this crucial process collect accurate data during uncertain times.

The census is so important because it shapes and effects many aspects of our community. The census is a nationwide survey that is conducted once every 10 years in order to count every person in the United States and its territories. It is used to determine the number of our representatives in government and the amount of public funding allocated to our community.

For a more in-depth explanation of why the 2020 Census matters to you and Massachusetts, listen to this talk Lida Harkins gave at the Norfolk Senior Center.