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Residents should have received a once every decade delivery into your mailbox. The 2020 Census is underway and for the first time, you will be able to fill out your Census online. As of April 3, 2020, just over 60% of Worthington residents have responded, but it is important for every person to be counted. See response rates here.
You may think that the Census just provides a population headcount every decade, but the information collected through the Census impacts everyday life here in Worthington and across the country. More than $675-billion in federal funding flows back to the states and local communities each year based on Census data. Census results determine funding levels for services and facilities in the community, including roads and other infrastructure improvements, emergency services, health care, senior services, jobs, schools and businesses. Some of the projects here in the Worthington area that have benefited from federal funding include the recent reconstruction of the 270-23-315 interchange, the current Northeast Gateway intersection redesign at Wilson Bridge, Worthington Galena and Huntley Roads, and emergency equipment for first responders. In addition, Census results are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts and determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. There is a lot at stake and that’s why it’s important to make sure every person is counted.
New in 2020, each home should have received information in the mail with an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire — by phone, mail or online. Your Census invitation will include an individual Census ID code to assure your privacy and prevent fraud. Responses to the Census are secure and protected by federal law. Individual household and business survey responses to the U.S. Census Bureau are kept completely confidential.
April 1, 2020 was Census Day. Where you live on April 1st determines where you are counted for the U.S. Census. Residents are encouraged to complete the Census right away. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Census takers will not be going door-to-door. We appreciate your help in making sure that every Worthington citizen is counted.