If you haven’t done so yet, there’s still time to complete your 2020 U.S. Census!
Yesterday — April 1st — was Census Day, and we’ve had plenty of people asking us if that was the deadline to complete the 2020 U.S. Census.
The short answer? No! It’s not too late. You still have time to complete the 2020 U.S. Census!
If that’s the case, then you may be asking yourself, “Why was April 1st so important?” Allow us to explain!
The general misconception is that Census Day — April 1st — is the deadline to complete the census and that failing to do so will result in an individual not being counted for the census, census takers visiting their home, or even being charged for some sort of federal crime! Rest assured, none of this is true.
Rather, April 1st merely operates as a benchmark or checkpoint for the United States Census Bureau: a key reference date where they catalogue who is living where in the United States currently. This is why, if you’ve already taken the 2020 census, you saw a reference to clarify “where you will be living on April 1st.”
As highlighted in the Census Timeline provided by the United States Census Bureau, you actually have until April 30th to self-complete the 2020 U.S. Census either online, over the phone, or through mail before the United States Census Bureau will begin field operations with census takers to interview those who have not yet completed the census.
The official last chance to self-respond to the 2020 census online, over the phone, or by mail is in August, so be sure to keep that in mind as well.
So, if you haven’t already taken the time to complete the 2020 United States Census for Mississippi, please do so today! It only takes 10 minutes to answer 10 questions and have 10 years of impact on the state of Mississippi. The more Mississippians we’re able to account for, the more federal funding we’ll be able to secure for roads, schools, public housing, and more! Each Mississippian accounts for up to $50,000 in federal funding, so believe us when we say “You Count!”
You’re not too late! Visit www.MSCensus2020.org to participate and learn more.