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As you’re social distancing, respond to the 2020 Census online or over the phone

April 9, 2020 – FYI

Right now, everyone can and should respond to the 2020 Census, either online at 2020census.gov or by calling 1-844-330-2020. The consequences of the census are more important than ever. Funding for public health, emergency response, hospitals, and economic development comes straight from the Census count. Do your part to ensure Juneau gets the resources it needs.

As of today, April 9, Juneau’s response rate is 45 percent. That’s good, but Juneau can do better; a decade ago, Juneau’s self response rate was 60 percent.

What is the Census?

The census is a short questionnaire that asks basic information about your household and the people who live in it. Your personal responses are confidential and cannot be shared with other government agencies. The government uses the population count to divide up political representation and to determine where to spend resources. Responding to the 2020 Census will ensure that Juneau receives its full share of federal funding for programs and local public services for the next 10 years.

Do I need a Census code to respond online?

Nope, you don’t need a code to respond to the census online. If you received a Census ID in the mail, feel free to use it — but not every household will receive one and it’s not required. To respond without it, go to 2020census.gov. Click the Respond button, then the blue button that says “Start Questionnaire.” Below the entry field for a number, there is a link that reads, “If you do not have a Census-ID, click here.” Click it and you’ll be taken straight to the 2020 Census. It takes about 10 minutes but means 10 years of impact. 

Remember, respond to the 2020 Census by visiting 2020census.gov or calling 1-844-330-2020 if you don’t have internet. Help Juneau by staying home, washing your hands, and ensuring critical resources for the future.