Census takers are needed to help conduct the 2020 census.
The census is mandated by the Constitution every 10 years and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone or by mail.
A representative of the Census Bureau will be at the Decorah Public Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, to recruit census workers and help them apply for positions.
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers and many others use to provide daily services, products and support for citizens and their community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and other resources based on census data.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail. Census workers are sent out to help make sure everyone is counted. All census business and household survey responses are kept confidential.