With all the activity going on when you first move into a new home, it’s easy to throw mail to the side for a less busy time. One letter that you shouldn’t ignore, however, is an envelope from the U.S. Census Bureau. Not only is your response required by law, participation helps Aspen and the state of Colorado.
Conducted every 10 years, the census asks questions that provide a snapshot of the nation. Totals determine how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives. Results also affect how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year; the amount of federal aid is dependent upon the amount of people in a particular area. This money is vital to schools, roads, hospitals, emergency services, infrastructure, and the like.
Note that the 2020 census envelope comes addressed “To Resident At” plus your address, not to a specific person. Instructions inside tell you how to complete the questionnaire securely online. This method conserves national resources, saves taxpayer money, and processes data more efficiently.
And if you don’t respond? You’ll get a paper questionnaire in a few weeks to complete and mail back. If that isn’t received, a Census Bureau interviewer will come to your home to collect answers in person. There are better ways to meet interesting people in the community, so just fill it out online from the start and save everyone’s time!
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