Census Paper Forms Sent to Residents to Encourage Participation

MILWAUKEE— The Greater Milwaukee 2020 Census Complete Count Committee encourages households that have not completed the 2020 Census online to complete it today. The 2020 Census was officially launched on March 12, 2020 and is well underway.

COVID-19 has not hindered the U.S. Census Bureau’s ability to launch the 2020 Census. As of today, 45% of Milwaukee households have responded. The remaining households have been mailed a paper questionnaire because some prefer to respond to the census by mail.

“If you’re among the people that have responded already, thank you for standing up and being counted! It has never been easier to respond to the census on your own, whether online, over the phone, or by mail – all without a census taker visiting your home,” said Mayor Tom Barrett.

Households receiving the paper form still have the option to respond online at 2020census.gov or by phone at 1-844-330-2020. The 2020 Census is available in English, as well as 12 different languages: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Japanese. When you respond online, use the Census ID from the letter or provide your address.

“Once you have responded, please encourage your family, friends and loved ones to complete the census too,” said Sharon Robinson, Chair of the Complete Count Committee and Director of the City of Milwaukee’s Development of Administration.

Census data will be used to determine the fair allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funds each year over the next 10 years to states and local communities to support education, housing, transportation, health programs and more. Wisconsin receives $12.6 billion annually alone based on census data. For every resident that goes uncounted, Wisconsin risks losing $1,600 every year over the next 10 years. Additionally, census data will decide how many seats Wisconsin has in the U.S. Congress and election wards.

“Your information is protected by law and it only takes about 10 minutes to complete the 2020 Census. The investment is well worth the time for our families and community,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. 

Residents should count the number of people living at the address as of April 1, 2020, Census Day. Responding now to the 2020 Census will minimize the need for a census taker to follow up and visit your home in person later this year. 

The U.S. Census is mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The tally must include people of ALL ages, races and ethnic groups regardless of their citizenship status. If you would like more information about the 2020 Census, please visit: milwaukee.gov/2020Census or 2020Census.gov.