Have you received a letter from the Census Bureau regarding a survey? The Census Bureau’s mission is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. Everyday they measure change in jobs, schools, infrastructure, healthcare, and more in the communities around the world. Since the 1790’s, every 10 years the Census records everyone living in this country. Additionally, the Census 2020 mandates by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2. The survey is important because it will helps your community be better in these areas. Plus, the results of the survey help determine how billions of dollars flow into states annually.
You have until October 15, 2020 to become a part of the census. The easiest way is to go to mycensus2020.com. Census takers went door-to-door starting in August 2020. As of October 14, Louisiana has the lowest response rate in the country (98.4% while every other state is at 99.9%).
Some history on the United States Census Bureau. The first every census was Monday of August, 1790. U.S. marshals and their assistants who took the census visited every home in the states and territories to collect the population data. April 1 is calendar wise “Census Day.” Since the 1700’s, the population of the United States has grown from 3.9 million to about 330 million people. On March 1, 1790, President George Washington signed the legislation, “1790 Census Act” into law. Marshals and assistants at the time traveled through 13 states: Districts of Kentucky, Maine, Vermont, and the Southwest Territory (Tennessee) using their own forms to collect the names of each head of household.
Twenty years later, Congress added the collection of manufacturing data to the 1810 Census. The census expanded further with first questions about the nation’s agriculture pursuits in 1820. In 1840, Congress added the collection of governments’ data about schools and school attendance. In addition, the marshals listed the name of every free person and of many demographics by collecting data on questions about individuals’ profession, place of birth of birth, martial status. Once the Census Act of 1880 started, it replaced marshals and assistants with specially-hired and trained workers. In 1890, the Census reported the nation had grown to nearly 63 million. With this growth, the specially-hired workforce charged with collecting the nation’s demographic, agriculture, and governments data; Congress made the decision to make the U.S. Census Bureau a permanent agency in 1902.
Shortly some years later, the 1929 Stock Market Crash and start of the Great Depression happened. The 1930 Census included a “standard” questionnaire and supplement questionnaire to collect additional data to help government better understand the impact the economic crisis had on American worker’s. The 1940 Census was the first time the bureau used statistical sampling to collect additional data about the population. The workers asked 5% of the nations populations questions such as parents’ place of birth, mother tongue, veteran status, and for women, the number of marriages and children. As the years went on, the questions increased and as a result, the 2010 Census used a single 10 question form for the approximate 309 million people counted.
Over its 230 year history, the decennial census has recorded the U.S. growth from 1790 until now in 2020. Let the growth continue by participating in the 2020 Census to make sure you are counted in the history of your family, community, and nation. To learn more about the 2020 Census, visit their website here.
While your thinking about the Census, make sure you have a Real ID if you plan to travel in the future.
Also, your counting in the census can help support local national parks and sites.
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