Census deadline moved up

  • Fri Aug 21st, 2020 2:10pm
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The U.S. Census Bureau has announced a change to the reporting deadline for the 2020 Census.

Previously, the deadline for all Census activity to be completed was October 31, the new deadline, determined by the Department of Commerce, is now Sept. 30.

The statutory deadline required by law and by the direction of the Secretary of Commerce requires the Census Bureau to provide population totals to the President by Dec. 31 of every Census year.

Census results help determine the how the members of the House of Representatives will be divided among the states, provides policymakers with accurate demographic information for the enactment of effective and representative policies for their constituents, and aids in determining the distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities.

To date, Clallam County has 68.1 percent response, besting 2010’s number of 63.6 percent. Census tracts responses are 76.5 percent in Sequim, 73.1 percent in Port Angeles and 45.6 percent in Forks and the West End.

Washington State is at 69.3 percent, while the national response is 63.4 percent.

To complete the Census, go to www.2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020. The deadline is Sept. 30.