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In mid-March, a mailing went to most households in the United States. The majority of those mailings have instructions to complete the Census by phone or online. Some households, including in places with limited internet access or with older populations, also received a paper form to submit by mail. The Census takes about 10 minutes to complete.
For some residents, the online Census form will show your city as “Beachwood” or “Cleveland.” Please ignore this and continue with your submission. As long as the street address and zip code are correct, your submission will be processed as a household in Shaker Heights.
The federal government, which runs the Census, is asking households to respond no later than September 30 via internet, phone or mail. The Census Bureau has resumed door-to-door visits to try and reach those who have yet to respond to the Census. Social distancing and safety protocols will be followed, including the wearing of face masks, practicing hand hygiene, and conducting interviews outside as much as possible or practical.
The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding will be spent over the next decade. This includes spending on social service programs and infrastructure right here in Shaker Heights. For this reason, it’s important every household in our community be counted. Learn more at Census2020.gov.
Not to worry. You will receive 2-3 more mailings with instructions on how to submit your Census. If you don’t respond by April 1, you will receive a paper Census form to submit by mail.
If you do not receive any of these mailings, you may respond online or visit our by phone. Please remember that only one response per household is required, so each household receives one invitation.
If you don’t respond by phone, mail or online, then the Census will come to you. Starting in May, Census workers will knock on doors of households that have not yet responded to the Census. (Note: the coronavirus crisis may delay this effort.) Participating in the Census is required by law.
Only one member of a household needs to respond to the Census. For families, this is typically a head of household, but it can be anyone who can accurately answer the questions on the Census. If you’re living with roommates, you are still considered a household and only one person needs to respond.
Learn more and get help, including by phone, at Census2020.gov.
The Census asks basic information about your household, including whether you rent or own, type of home, how many people live in your home, and the relationships of those people (parents, siblings, roommates etc.). View the questions at Census2020.gov.