Reflecting America: What to know about the 2020 census

Here is what to know about why the census is important and how it affects local communities.
Here is what to know about why the census is important and how it affects local communities. Courtesy Fotolia

Here is what to know about why the census is important and how it affects local communities. Courtesy Fotolia

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The official day for the 2020 census count is less than five months away, and census employees are already beginning to prepare for the April 1, 2020, count. Source: U.S. Census Bureau
The official day for the 2020 census count is less than five months away, and census employees are already beginning to prepare for the April 1, 2020, count. Here is what to know about why the census is important and how it affects local communities.

Understanding the process


1. Census questionnaire forms will be mailed out to every household beginning in March 2020. The form can be filled out online or over the phone beginning March 23.

2. For the first time, census forms can be mailed in or submitted online, over the phone or to an address canvasser who comes to the door.

3. Canvassers will follow up to nonresponsive residences to collect the census data through July 2020.

4. Results of the survey will be delivered to the president by Dec. 31, 2020.



Trends to watch in the Tomball, Magnolia area


The population in the Tomball and Magnolia area has grown in the last couple of decades, and the 2020 census will shed light on exactly how much the area has grown.






How to get involved


The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for 5,000 people in Harris County to become temporary employees for the 2020 counts. The starting hourly pay rate is $19.50-$24.50. Apply online at www.2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020.
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Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government,

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


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