Regional challenge to encourage higher response rate in 2020 Census

Hampden County

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Every 10 years, we’re asked to complete a Census in the United States.

It’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution, so the government has a better understanding where in the country federal funding should be directed to each year.

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, told 22News that the Census will help make improvements to the region.

“This is how federal formulas are used to make sure assistance flows and also how formulas are determined for congressional representation so those are very essential ingredients. So I hope everyone will take the time and fill out the Census,” Neal said.

The Census data contributes to funding school lunch programs, highway construction, and education. The U.S. Census Bureau collects the data, and they should have mailed you a letter informing you to fill out a Census form.

That letter you received, will ask you to go online to complete the 2020 Census form. It only takes 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire. The information you enter also remains confidential so your privacy is protected. You can also choose to respond by phone or by mail.

Starting Monday, cities across the country will compete in “Census Push Week” a regional challenge, to see who can get the highest response rate. Hampshire County currently has the highest in Massachusetts with a 71 percent rate.

July 31 is considered the last day to respond. You could be fined $100 for failing to complete it and $500 for giving false answers.

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