The U.S. Census effort to count all residents of the country continues. By now you should have received a self-response mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau which contain a unique ID for your household. The return address on the envelope has the Census 2020 logo and is from U.S. Census Bureau, National Processing Center, 100 Logistics Avenue, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47144. It is important that you respond to the census and can do so online, by telephone or by mail. Your responses are confidential and will remain protected for 72 years.
The fastest way to respond to the census is online. This will also save taxpayer money by reducing the need for follow-up mailings or visits by enumerators to households. If responding online is not an option, you can respond by telephone toll free. After three unsuccessful reminders, a paper form will be mailed to households who have not responded online or by mail.
The U.S. Census is conducted once every 10 years and determines the official population of Woburn for the next ten years. Funding for programs benefiting our schools, senior citizen population, public safety services and the like are often based on this figure. Our city ward lines – which determine our representatives on the City Council, at the State House and in Congress – are drawn using this number. Even the number of licenses that can be issued for new restaurants are decided based on the U.S. Census figure.
If you did not receive or cannot find your mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau, you can still respond to your census. Online go to www.2020census.gov and follow the prompts. To respond by telephone, go to https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html and find the telephone number that works for you. There you will find telephone numbers for 16 different languages, TDD and how to find further information in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in Braille and large print. If you have not responded online or by telephone, you will receive a mail-in questionnaire. See more information on mail-in returns at https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-mail.html
For more information, contact the U.S. Census Bureau. You will find their contact information at https://2020census.gov/en/contact-us.html
Every person in every state, county, city, town and village in the United States and its territories will be counted. Now it’s your turn. You Count, Be Counted!