Happy Constitution Day!
Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census marks the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
There were many contentious subjects debated at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia the summer of 1787, among them the question of representation in Congress. Larger states insisted on a population base model while smaller states argued for equal representation. After much debate, the delegates reached a compromise. It was determined that the number of representatives in the House would be based on population and each state would have equal representation in the Senate.
Time is Running Out. Respond now.
Census data informs how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, school lunch programs, disaster recovery initiatives, and other critical programs and services for the next 10 years. All information obtained through the census is strictly confidential and only used for census purposes.
If you haven't completed the 2020 Census yet, you can still respond online (my2020census.gov), by phone (844-330-2020), or by mail. If a census taker comes to your home, please cooperate. The deadline to respond is September 30th.
Spread the Word
Everyone can play a part in ensuring a complete and accurate count in 2020 by spreading the word. After you count yourself in Vermillion, please encourage others in the community to do the same. As of September 16, 2020, Vermillion's response rate is 66.7% which is down from the total response rate in 2010. In 2010, Vermillion's total response rate was 74%.