The U.S. Census Bureau has extended the deadline for self-response to the 2020 Census to October 31st. Self-response is the easiest and safest way to complete the 2020 Census, as it can be done at home by phone, online, or through completing and returning the paper form.
U.S. Census Bureau workers will begin knocking on doors of non-responsive households in Marion County beginning in mid-August. In an effort to minimize the number of households they need to visit, the Census Bureau and its local partner, the City of Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) are urging residents to self-respond to the 2020 Census.
Currently, Marion County has a 61% self-response rate. However, Midtown neighborhoods south of 38th Street are currently reporting between 41% and 50%. Participating in the Census is important to determine the distribution of federal funding and political power for the next decade. For every person counted, up to $30,000 will come into the community for education, healthcare, transportation, and emergency services.
To help ensure that the City receives appropriate funding, take 10 minutes and visit the 2020 Census site or call (844) 330-2020 to complete the form. DMD has posted resources online. The U.S. Census Bureau official videos (in all different languages!) are also available to answer questions.