Two weeks left to respond to the 2020 Census

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (Sept. 16, 2020) – Time is winding down for the City of Oak Ridge to get as close to a complete census count as possible. As of September 11, 72.2% of households responded online, by mail or phone. With an estimated population of 30,000, this means only about 21,000 of our residents have been counted.

Census takers are still working their way through our community with the goal of boosting that response rate and getting it as close to 100% as possible. That doesn’t mean that you can’t still self-respond now. If you would like to maintain social distancing, you can self-respond to the census online at 2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020, or mail back the completed paper questionnaire.

We really need everyone in Oak Ridge to respond and be counted because this data shapes the number of representatives our district gets. Additionally, federal bills use this population count to determine funding and grants that help many different aspects of our community including roads and highways, fire and police departments, schools, and health clinics.

Remember, everything you say to a census taker and share on your Census questionnaire is confidential under federal law and cannot be shared with anyone, including any government agency. Census responses can never be used against you in any way.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s goal is to complete its field work by Sept. 30, 2020, in order to have the completed results delivered to the President of the United States by the end of the calendar year.